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do antibiotics have side effects?

silly question for an adult to ask about their medicine, but I have had a pretty resistant UTI (tried Cranberry juice and lots of water) and it just dawned on me that I have no clue if there are side effects or not. any one know?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:43 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Health

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  • You can look up any medication in a PDR (Physician's Desk Reference).
    Here is the site for consumers:

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 8:54 AM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • When you filled your prescription, you should've received a list of possible side effects.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:47 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • actually it didn't. just instructions.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Call the pharmacist.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Yes, they do. What is the name of the antibiotic. Can you type it into the google search engine such as "(name of antibiotics) side effects)" ? You should come up with a world of information.

    Different antibiotics have different side effects. Mostly like a funny taste in your mouth (usually metalic) or allergic reaction symptoms (i.e. hives). It's not really a side-effect but antibiotics do cause your normal flora of bacteria to built up a resistence to the antibiotic. UTI's occur usually when the bacteria already on your skin (or coliforms, fecal bacteria, from your colon) are transfered into the urethra from the skin, anus or your underwear. If you've taken this antibiotic before in the past, it is very possible that your body has developed a resistence to this type of antibiotic due to previous exposures.


    Answer by NovemberLove at 4:00 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • If you are not on an antibiotic, you ought to be. Although cranberry juice provides Vit C which is healthy as well as stimulates more frequent urination in order to help flush your bladder out more often, it will not kill bacteria. Untreated or undertreated UTIs put you at risk for Pyelonephritis (kidney infection).

    Your doctor will have to prescribe the antibiotic to you and can discuss with you the pros and cons of taking antibiotics and any side effects to look for. If you have an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, hives), stop taking it and call your doctor right away.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 4:02 PM on Apr. 7, 2009