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Things You Should Know About Antibiotics and How Compounding Can Help

Has your doctor recently prescribed you an antibiotic for any reason? Likely, you have never considered the possibility that a medication considered a routine medication can cause complications. When filling an antibiotic prescription at the local pharmacy, there are many things you need to consider. This article will help you become familiar with all the complications that you might experience while using antibiotics. We will include the potential side effects, reactions to other medications, and the dosage instruction when you consider taking an antibiotic. 

Interactions With Other Medications

Many antibiotics can interfere with your everyday prescriptions. A common one is an interaction between hormonal birth control and antibiotics. Suppose you normally take hormonal birth control on a daily or weekly basis and are prescribed an antibiotic. In that case, your doctor or pharmacist may recommend you use an alternative non-hormonal birth control during the antibiotic treatment.

Methotrexate and penicillin are other medications that can interact if you switch to them as an alternate medication. A lot of people take methotrexate for psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain types of cancer. These medications won’t necessarily become less effective with penicillin, but the combination can have some serious side effects.

Allergic Reactions

When you are allergic to an antibiotic, you should know which medications triggered the reaction. If you have reacted to penicillin, your risk of reacting to amoxicillin is increased. Antibiotics such as amoxicillin are commonly used to treat common infections such as strep throat. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure whether you are at risk of having an allergic reaction.

Mild or severe allergic reactions to antibiotics are possible. A rash is likely to develop in mild cases, coughing and wheezing may occur, and your throat may tighten up. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to an antibiotic prescribed to you. A combination of an antibiotic and an antihistamine is often used to treat mild or moderate allergic reactions.

Possible Side Effects

Even though antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, they can cause some unwelcome side effects. Nausea and diarrhea are among the most common side effects. In addition to causing these side effects, antibiotics can also kill off good bacteria in the digestive tract and bad bacteria in the body. Most often, the two side effects dissipate after treatment with antibiotics.

Compounding: How Is It Helpful?

Your physician or pharmacist may still feel that this is the best method of treating your condition after discussing the risks and benefits with you. To decrease the risks associated with certain antibiotics, you should contact a compounding pharmacy. By creating specific combinations of medication, compounding pharmacies can decrease risks and increase antibiotic safety.

Compounding pharmacies are increasingly being recommended by physicians when traditional antibiotic choices aren’t sufficient. Compounding pharmacies allow patients to take multiple antibiotics without having to swallow multiple pills. It is possible to use combination antibiotics to treat bacteria that are more resistant using compounding medication. 

Final Words

When it comes to prescriptions, compounding pharmacies provide patients with more options. You don’t have to worry about side effects or allergic reactions caused by certain chemicals with compound antibiotics. If you want to get specific assistance, you can always ask a pharmacist to discuss your medical condition in detail. You can also contact us, and we would be happy to assist you.

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