In these cases, antibiotic therapy is sometimes the quickest way to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, sometimes the side effects of antibiotic therapy are just as bad as the medical condition.
Side Effects of Antibiotic Therapy
There are lots of different kinds of antibiotic therapy being used these days, so it's not possible to cover all the side effects. The main problem with antibiotics, though, is that they tend to kill off the beneficial bacteria (also called probiotics) that live in your gut.
Probiotics are important not only for good digestion, but also as a first line of immune defense. They also help support your body so you don't develop either seasonal, environmental, or food allergies.
In addition, the side effects of antibiotic therapy can include:
- itchy skin or rashes
- diarrhea and other digestive complaints
- yeast infections,
- nausea and dizziness
- dry eyes
Oral Probiotics Overcome the Side Effects of Antibiotic Therapy
Since the side effects of taking antibiotics stem from the fact that antibiotics kill of the naturally-occurring probiotics in your gut, the simple solution is simply to replace those probiotics by taking them orally.
The most commonly-taken probiotics are acidophilus (which live in your small intestine) and bifidus (which live in your large intestine). Taking high-potency capsules of these probiotics orally during and after your course of antibiotic therapy will prevent most of the side effects, and keep your digestion functioning normally.
During antibiotic therapy, and for 2 week afterward, I suggest taking 4 capsules of acidophilus in the morning and 4 capsules of bifidus at night. After that, you can reduce your daily regimen to 1-2 capsules of each daily. If your digestion suffered seriously during the course of antibiotics, and you are having problems like constipation or gas, try a more powerful full-spectrum probiotic to address the entire gut. Just add 2 capsules to the regimen mentioned above, morning and night.
Choose the Highest Quality Probiotics
The side effects of antibiotic therapy are not pretty, especially if you have to use antibiotics over a long period of time, but luckily you can easily replace any probiotics lost during that time. Oh yes, when you go to choose probiotics, go for the good stuff that is stored in refrigerators or sold online by reputable companies. If you are going to go to the trouble of replacing your probiotics, you might as well start with probiotics that are guaranteed to be high-density and stored in ideal conditions.
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