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Antibiotic: Friend or Foe?

Antibiotic: Friend or Foe?

Are antibiotics your miracle drugs or do they pose a threat to your health? According to several research studies, antibiotics have several advantages for specific conditions and diseases, but their long term effects could damage your overall health. Don’t believe us? You sure will, after reading this quick post!

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are medicines mostly derived from plant sources and some artificially created in a laboratory, which treat infections in your body caused by bacteria. This is done by killing the bacteria or by stopping them from being copied or reproduced. The word antibiotic means “against life”. Any pharmacological agent / drug designed to kill bacterial germs in your body is called an antibiotic.

Key facts on antibiotics

  • Antibiotics lead to side effects in some people if used indiscriminately and for prolonged periods of time, without medical advice and supervision.
  • Certain types of bacteria or ‘bugs’ develop resistance to naturally occurring antibiotics in our environment.

Effects On The Gut

Antibiotics can’t tell good bacteria from bad bacteria. When antibiotics are taken, several normal and healthy bacteria that keep us healthy can get wiped out and get replaced by abnormal or resistant bacteria. The gut cannot always do this on its own and it may lead to a disturbed balance of gut flora resulting in several complicated health issues.

Side effects of antibiotics

  • Stomach Ache

Several antibiotics lead to stomach upset and other gastrointestinal side effects such as vomiting, cramps, nausea and diarrhea some people. These are certain classes of antibiotics.

  • Fever

Fever is a side effect caused by certain groups of antibiotics and can occur as an allergic reaction to the medication taken

  • Tooth discoloration

Tooth discoloration occurs most among children who are below the age of eight due tetracyline group of antibiotics. They can cause permanent tooth staining and if pregnant women take these drugs, there can be adverse effects. Babies born of mothers who have taken antibiotics such as doxycycline and tetracycline during the early stages of their pregnancies, often have stained primary teeth.


Overall, antibiotics are beneficial when taken for the right type of infection, at the right dose and the right duration, prescribed by a qualified doctor.  It is important to complete the full prescribed dose as advised. When used without medical advice and supervision, these drugs can damage health, including the development of resistant bacteria.  Thus, when actually needed in emergency situations, they won’t work! Antibiotics used indiscriminately can ruin several people’s health with various side effects. Antibiotics DO NOT work against viral infection and should be avoided in the long run.

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