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What to Do If You Have Allergic Reactions to Antibiotics?

Dicloxacillin led the author to develop small rashes, joint pain, and other unusual effects. Find out the signs of a drug allergy and how to deal with them. What started out as a few pinprick-sized dots on my forearms on Christmas Day turned into a huge allergic reaction that would…

5 Things You Need to Know About Antibiotics

Ever since penicillin was discovered in 1928, antibiotics have saved countless lives. But they are also among the most commonly prescribed drugs. We’ve taken them for granted, and as a result, overused them, to the extent that they’ve gone from being a boon to a bane in many situations. Antibiotics…

About 25% of Antibiotic Prescriptions Unnecessary

Nearly one-quarter of antibiotic prescriptions filled by those with private insurance were not medically justified, leading to concerns about antibiotic overuse, antibiotic resistance and adverse events, the last particularly in children. Researchers looked at insurance recording for 19 million children and adults (ages 18 to 64) for 2016. About 7.6…

Childhood Infections, Antibiotics Use Linked to Mental Disorders

Children who have infections and are treated with antibiotics are at an increased risk for developing psychiatric disorders, according to a new study. Researchers in Denmark examined the medical records of about one million children born in the country between 1992 and 2012 and followed their mental history for an…

Quick Hits: More Fluoroquinolone Risks, Safety of HPV Vaccine & More

Taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase one’s risk of developing an enlargement of and potential tears in the aorta, the heart’s main artery. New research has found that taking drugs such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin (levofloxacin) is associated with an increased risk for aortic aneurysm and dissection, and that risk…

Antibiotic Side Effects Send 70,000 Children to ER Annually

About 70,000 emergency room visits each year by children are the result of side effects from antibiotics. Researchers analyzed estimates of antibiotic prescriptions as well as data from a representative sample of hospitals for ER visits due to antibiotic use by children 19 and younger. About 86% of the visits…

Levaquin Turned Me Into ‘Frankenwoman’

By Rachel BrummertDrugwatch I nicknamed myself Frankenwoman. Stitches, staples, plates and screws weave together the old me with who I am now. Scars cover me — some a shiny, ghostly pink and some bumpy, jagged and angry. This is my new normal. My scars draw attention when I’m in public…

FDA Again Requires Labeling Changes for Controversial Antibiotics

The FDA has again mandated labeling changes for fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, this time to warn of potentially life-threatening low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) and mental health side effects with their use. Fluoroquinolones are used to treat serious bacterial infections. Common ones include Levaquin (levofloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin),…

Patients and Clinicians Underestimate Antibiotic Side Effects

Patients and clinicians tend to downplay the side effects of antibiotics, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 149 clinicians, 225 emergency department patients and 519 online subjects to figure out whether healthcare providers share patients’ rationales for antibiotic use. The results, published in the journal Medical Decision Making, found…

Floxed! The Painful, Life-Lasting Effects of Some Antibiotics

What happens when antibiotics hurt more than they help. Last week, we ran a news story on antibiotics causing “rare” damages to people. We had a very passionate response from more than 75 people who all claimed to be harmed by a particular type of antibiotics. More than 60,000 people…

Antibiotic Side Effects Mount and Researchers Don’t Know Why

More than 60,000 reports have been sent to the FDA of patients detailing side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, according to an article published in the journal Nature. Although more than 6,500 deaths are included in the report, side effects associated with these antibiotics are rarely reviewed or studied. Such…

Long-Term Antibiotic Use May Curb Life Span in Women

Women may have a shorter life span if they take antibiotics for a long period of time, according to a new study. Researchers at Tulane University analyzed whether long-term antibiotic use could lead to negative effects in a healthy person. Over the course of 8 years, researchers followed and examined…

FDA Issues Heart Warning for Antibiotic

The FDA has issued a drug safety warning about the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin) because it may potentially increase the risk of heart problems or death in people with heart disease years later. This new recommendation regarding the drug, which is used to treat a variety of infections, comes after the…

Antibiotic Adverse Events Seen in Many Hospital Patients

About 1 in 5 hospitalized patients that receive antibiotics have an adverse reaction to them, according to a new study that also found about 20% of the patients given antibiotics didn’t even need them. Researchers with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore examined medical records of nearly 1,500…

Nearly 50% of Seniors Given Unnecessary Antibiotics

Many seniors are prescribed antibiotics for nonbacterial respiratory infections, a practice that researchers say is troubling since it leaves them susceptible to avoidable adverse drug events and contributes to antibiotic-resistant infections. Antibiotics are ineffective against these type of illnesses. Researchers examined data from nearly 9,000 primary care physicians in Ontario,…

Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Some antibiotics may be associated with a higher risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy. Researchers at the University of Montreal looked at data on about 96,000 pregnancies that ended in miscarriage. Of that number, about 8,700 women took an antibiotic during pregnancies. Some classes of antibiotics, such as fluoroquinolones, macrolides…

Antibiotic Ear Drops May Pose Eardrum Risk

Antibiotic ear drops commonly prescribed to children after ear tube surgery may increase risk for perforated eardrums. The antibiotics in question are known as quinolones. Researchers looked at data on more than 100,000 children that had ear tube surgery and found that those treated with quinolone ear drops after the…

Quick Hits: New Psoriasis Drug and Suicide, Antibiotics Overprescribing & More

The FDA has approved a new biologic treatment for psoriasis even though there were reported cases of completed suicides in clinical trials. Siliq (brodalumab), is designed for patients who are candidates for systemic therapy (treatment using substances that travel through the bloodstream, after being taken by mouth or injected) or…

Quick Hits: FDA Concerns Over Antibiotic, Low Vitamin D and Bladder Cancer & More

An FDA advisory committee has narrowly recommended approval of a new antibiotic to treat pneumonia. The committee voted 7-6 that the drug, solithromycin, is as effective as another antibiotic, Avelox (moxifloxacin). However, solithromycin has liver toxicity issues associated with it, according to an FDA review. In addition, agency staff had concerns…

The Whys and Hows of Antibiotic Overuse

How many times has someone asked you if you’ve seen a doctor about that persistent cough or cold, when it lasts more than a few days? Doctors’ clinics post notices telling us the average cough and cold lasts 9 to 18 days, yet after a week of battling it, many…

Antibiotics May Negate Benefits of Breastfeeding

Babies who are breastfed that are given antibiotics are more prone to coming down with infections and obesity later on, according to a new study. Finnish researchers found that children who had received no antibiotics before weaning was associated with fewer uses of antibiotics, as well as decreased body mass…

Many Antibiotic Drugs Are Prescribed Inappropriately

If your doctor prescribes you an antibiotic after diagnosing you with a common sickness such as bronchitis or a sinus infection, you may want to think twice about getting it filled. New research finds that not only are many prescriptions for antibiotics given out needlessly, it may harm you in…

Pros & Cons of Antibiotics

By now you’ve at least heard news soundbites or glanced at headlines warning of the overuse of antibiotics in the United States and other countries. Superbugs! MRSA! C. difficile! Drug-resistant infectious outbreaks! Even the CDC refers to the problem as a worldwide “catastrophic threat.” The news is certainly scary —…

Drugs in Pregnancy Part 4: Antibiotics

In Part 4 of our 7-part Drugs in Pregnancy series, we tackle antibiotics. If you’re wondering whether taking an antibiotic is a good idea or harmful to your baby, the answer is a resounding … it depends. It depends on the infection at hand, for one thing; most must be…

Wait before taking that Z-pack!

The flu season is heading straight towards us. I was taught that it takes a week to get over a cold or you can take cold medicine and it will only take 7 days. The symptoms can be alleviated, but the cold will go on. Antibiotics like a Z-pack won’t…

Dodging antibiotic side effects

Headache, hearing loss, damaged DNA, tendonitis, diarrhea, impaired kidney function damaged proteins and lipids in cells — all occasional side effects of long-term use (4 days!!) of antibiotics. Because antibiotics harm bacteria and leave tissue untouched, they seem safe. But they trigger oxidative stress in the bacteria which causes the…

New Antibiotics Might Speed Thru FDA

Addressing rising concerns of “superbugs,” plans have been proposed to push new antibiotics through the FDA process on a fast track. These new drugs would be designed specifically to fight infections resistant to exiting antibiotics — skipping tests usually required until after the drugs are already being used. The New York Times…

2 Articles on Antibiotics and Weight Gain

The NYTimes had an interesting article “Antibiotics Are a Gift to be Handled with Care,” a couple of months ago. It reports that children given antibiotics before they were 6 months old were 22% more likely to be overweight at age 3. Said simply, give a child antibiotics at, say,…