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Important tips for taking antibiotics
Health experts repeatedly criticize that antibiotics are prescribed too often and often only on suspicion. But with some diseases, taking such drugs is of enormous importance for recovery. However, in such cases, some tips from experts should be followed.
Responsible use of antibiotics
Although the number of antibiotic resistances continues to increase and is repeatedly called not to use such medicines in large numbers, according to a study, doctors in Germany often prescribe antibiotics only on suspicion. In addition, such agents are also used against diseases against which they are completely ineffective. However, these drugs play an important role in the treatment of some diseases. However, there are a few things to consider when taking antibiotics.
Intake rules have changed
As the University Medical Center Freiburg wrote in a message, the antibacterial effect of penicillin was discovered around 90 years ago.
Since this discovery, some of the previously most common deadly diseases have been curable: wound sepsis, pneumonia, kidney infection, heart valve inflammation.
Antibiotics are an integral part of medicine these days. However, the rules for taking have changed significantly.
Often a few treatment days can be enough
In the past, even with minor infections, it was pointed out that the antibiotic must be taken for at least a week or the complete pack so that it works safely.
"We have said goodbye to this dogma," said Professor Dr. Winfried Kern, Head of the Infectious Diseases Department of the Clinic for Internal Medicine II at the University Medical Center Freiburg.
Today, the duration of treatment rather depends on the bacterial pathogen, the active ingredient and the patient's condition.
“In some cases, such as an uncomplicated urinary tract infection, one to three days of treatment can be enough. In other cases, especially with chronic inflammation, long-term therapy is still advisable, ”said the infectious disease specialist.
Scientific studies have also shown that antibiotics do not have to be taken so long for various infections.
The duration of intake must be tailored to the pathogen
As further explained in the communication from the Freiburg University Clinic, antibiotics should never be taken without medical advice. Medications should always be prescribed and accompanied by a doctor.
Because the duration and type of the active ingredient must always be tailored to the pathogen. Improperly used antibiotics can put a lot of strain on the human body.
Experts warn that giving children antibiotics in particular can have health consequences. Children should only receive such preparations in an emergency.
Are antibiotics and milk compatible?
According to the Freiburg University Medical Center, women who use contraceptive pills should ask their doctor if there can be any drug interactions. Some active ingredients can reduce the effectiveness of the pill.
It is also known that there can be interactions between food and medication. In this context, the question arises again and again whether milk can actually be consumed while taking antibiotics.
The clinic's announcement states that calcium in milk makes some antibiotics ineffective. The doctor knows which drug this applies to.
Avoid excessive physical exertion
Alcoholic beverages should always be avoided during therapy. Alcohol weakens the body and prevents some medicines from working.
Patients who take antibiotics should exercise restraint. According to the experts, those who take such medications should avoid excessive physical exertion due to the fact that the infection is not sufficiently cured.
The body needs strength to fight the pathogen. Otherwise, the infection may spread. (ad)