Aug 14, 2014
You developed a terrible sore throat, went to the doctor, and discovered you had strep throat. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic that seemed to help you get better but you're still dealing with some lasting side effects including bowel discomfort and headaches. What is the cause? We would say the most likely cause is the antibiotic you took.
While antibiotics can knock out some illnesses, these medication often cause additional issues that can be just as difficult to treat. If you have experienced an adverse reaction to a round of antibiotics, we suggest treating this issues naturally using yogurt, probiotic supplements, or even garlic.
What Are Antibiotics Used For?
Antibiotics are medications known as antibacterials. These medications function to destroy or slow down the growth of common bacteria, so they are often used to treat any issue caused by or linked to a specific type of bacteria.
Common conditions that are treated with antibiotics are illnesses such as syphilis, tuberculosis, salmonella, and meningitis. Ear infections, strep throats, urinary tract infections, and other common bacterial infections can also be treated using antibiotics.
What Effects Do Antibiotics Have on My Body?
The major problem with antibiotics, however, is that they cause a myriad of additional symptoms and side effects. While side effects vary by individual, a number of symptoms of antibiotic toxicity are common. Diarrhea, feeling sick, fungal infections in the mouth, infections of the digestive tract and/or vagina, kidney stones, abnormal blood clotting, sun sensitivity, blood disorders, and even deafness are potential effects of antibiotics.
Can I Reverse the Effects of Antibiotics?
While some effects are easier to reverse than others, a number of antibiotic side effects can be reversed. We suggest using yogurt, probiotic supplements, and garlic as first line defenses. However, drinking additional water, increasing exercise levels, and eating lots of antioxidant foods are also important treatment support options.
Yogurt and Probiotics
One cause of side effects associated with antibiotics is the imbalance of bacteria in the body. As yogurt contains active bacteria cultures, it can effectively treat issues, particularly intestinal, caused by antibiotics. The same is true for probiotics.
Garlic contains an important compound known as allicin. This compound helps flush your kidneys and liver and cleanses the blood. Adding garlic to your diet and taking a daily supplement of 500 mg is a helpful way to detox your body from antibiotics.
If you have recently completed a round of antibiotics and are still feeling the aftermath, give one or all of these treatment options a try and let us know how it works for you.
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Remedies for Antibiotic Side Effects
I need to address this to Ted or someone else who may know about what may have caused this in my daddy. About 3 weeks ago he had a UTI and the doctor prescribed an antibiotic. My dads blood pressure has always been up and down and he takes meds for this. But never as high as it is going now.
He had a very bad reaction to the antibiotics prescribe, his UTI burned worse and he had very bad stomach cramping. He also broke out with these blister ( which we suspect to be Steven Johnsons Syndrome ) The side affects, this was listed as blisters on the skin. They switch his antibiotic and the blisters begin to dry in, but he still has pain in his stomach and his blood pressure is way out of control. Talking about 220 over 100 and sometimes it comes down to like 150 over 90. But is out of control. This happened after the reaction to the antibiotic and has not ceased. They change his BPM, it is not working.
My first thought was clogged valves in his heart, but now I believe his liver may have been Inflamed or damage by the 1st antibiotic. If you have any pain, infection, inflamation or damage this can raise BP. So I tried to get him to go to ER, He refused. Really has distrust for doctor now, since he is worse since going the 1st time. So I begged and pleaded for him to try some stuff to get the BP down.
I got him to take some magnesium, coQ10, and milk thistle. He would not do cayenne pepper or vinegar. an hour later he tested BP and it was 195 over 100. Still very high, but down some.
He does return to the doctors office tomorrow afternoon. The pain in the stomach and the very high spike in BP did not happen until he took the 1st antibiotic and had this reaction. Will anything detox him from this. It says Steven Johnsons could cause permanent damage and even death.
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Posted by John (Lapeer, Mi, Usa) on 04/19/2013
I've been battling a sinus infection since October of 2012, seems it's now going away but I've taken Bactrim twice, then keflex, then ciprofloxacin because I am allergic to Augmentin/Amoxicillin. before the Cipro, I was getting some lower abdominal pains, went to the doc who prescribed me the Cipro, and told me to eat a yogurt a day. I did as instructed, Cipro didnt help the sinusitis at all, to this day I've been having quick sharp pains, some gas pains, and my stool has been yellowish and soft, painful when coming out of the rectum. I have recently started a probiotic with acidophilus. 3 a day, along with 1-2 yogurts per day. I was hoping someone could share some insight to help ease my mind a little bit before my doctors appointment on Monday. As well as what kinds of things I should ask my doctor during this visit. I am extremely tired of having stuff wrong with me, I just want to be normal again so I don't have to worry so much. Thanks in advance to all who help.
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Posted by Lorraine (Rochester, Ny) on 06/09/2010
I was poisoned by cipro. my hands, feet, face, liver, and spleen all swollen. im still swollen. My liver is not or spleen anymore but hands and feet my legs hurt. I was given cipro for an UTI and other things over the years. now i can hardly move. im confused with the borax... can i use boron tablets or i just buy the borax laundry detergent and drink that?? im confused. thank you for your help.. Lorraine
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Posted by May (Calgary, Canada) on 03/21/2010
antibiotics, poisonous taste in mouth
hi there i had strep throat for the second time in a month and a half....
this time i was started on an antibiotic i wasn't allergic to and my mouth is filled with a weird taste like poison or mettalic or sour, i can't quite describe it...
i saw in some other posts that taking acv with baking soda and water can help...however i am wondering if i should stop taking the antibiotics and do the natural remedy instead???
thanks so much!
Posted by Annie (Oxford, In) on 10/18/2009
This is a warning for anyone taking antibiotics to do your homework before blindly accepting the advise of the medical establishment. I guess it pays to be proactive when it comes to our own health, and no one can advocate for you better than you.
I spent 4 days in hospital 3 weeks ago for what turned out to be my first, and only, I hope, kidney stone. I had also developed a pretty serious infection with a high fever, very low BP, and low oxygen levels. During my stay I was on a morphine drip, and received 2 different IV antibiotics. Upon my release I was given a prescription for a 7 day course of Ciprofloxacn (Generic for Cipro). It never occurred to me to question this, and I took it for the full 7 days. I was still pretty sick and in bed much of the time, and on the 4th day home developed a serious case of hives. These were large, incredibly itchy, and literally on every part of my body but my head and the soles of my feet. Nothing seemed to give me much relief, and the 3rd day of this I called the doctor's office to find out if they had any idea what could be causing this. They pretty much blew me off, told me to take Benedryl and thought maybe it was the morphine. I suffered for nearly 2 weeks before it began to clear up. I thought maybe it was the probiotics I was taking, or the pain meds, which I quit at the first sign of the hives. Never did it dawn on me it could be the antibiotic, and I never googled it. Then, in preparation for the lithotripsy I have scheduled for blasting my 12mm stone, I went back in for some tests. I had been feeling like I had a mild bladder infection for a few days, but thought it might just be the stent they put in temporarily. The nurse practitioner checked my urine and sure enough, I did have an infection. Because I have no insurance, she gave me some sample antibiotics, a 5 day course of Levaquin. Although I hated the thought of a fourth round, I knew I could not have the lithotripsy done with an active infection.
Anyway, and sorry to go on so - by the time I got home from the doc I was really feeling uncomfortable with classic UTI symptoms big time. I took the 1st pill (one a day)but by that night I was in real pain. I wondered if I could take the 2nd dose the same day, I know I have been instructed to do that in the past, so I went online and googled Levaquin. Well, I just couldn't believe all the negative information out there about it. I will let anyone interested do their own research, but one web site was similar to this one, with people, hundreds of them, writing in about their horror stories of Fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. And one of the main side effects (and one of the more minor ones, really) is terrible hives. There are so many reported side effects that last year the FDA issued an order for a "black box warning" on these drugs, which is the last step before a drug is pulled off the market. Why my bottle had no warning is a mystery to me...could it be because it is the generic equivalent? How scary. Another serious side effect suffered by many is ruptured tendons. The list is long and there are many victims.
I have not taken another pill, and just the one caused my rash to come back on my flank and ankles, but I am so thankful I didn't take the full course.
Big question is...even after alerting this Nurse Practitioner to my rash, even showing her the resulting bruise like marks all over my legs and back, she still merrily turned around and gave me more of the same, saying it couldn't be the antibiotics.
That is when I found this site, looking for something to try and treat my UTI without drugs. When I saw all the positive reports from using Apple Cider Vinegar, I began taking it right away. I took 3 T. in a glass of water about 6 pm, and again about 10 pm. I fell asleep on the couch, still very uncomfortable, but when I woke at 3 am, I knew it was working. By the next morning I felt better than I had in weeks. I believe the antibiotic I was sent home with never got rid of the infection, and the discomfort I was feeling and blaming on the stent was actually a UTI, and perhaps my body reacting in other ways to this drug.
This is the 3rd day since, and I have been taking 2 T. Vinegar in a full glass of filtered water about 4 times a day. I feel good, and hope the urine test I have to take before the lithotripsy shows no more infection. If it has not cleared up, I'll take it as a sign and try to get rid of the stone with the EVOO and lemon juice treatment I've read about. I'm just a bit worried the stone may be too big for it to work! Anyway, I'll continue to post and update on how effective the vinegar has been.
Posted by Nicole (Charlotte, NC) on 05/31/2009
I've been browsing through this site and have been amazed at the wealth of information here. I originally found it while looking for natural remedies. I have been been "not feeling well" for the last couple of weeks. I always have seasonal allergies issues but it got to the point that I had to go the ER because I could not swallow, was running a fever, dizziness and everything hurt. I was diagnoses with a sinus infection and tonsilitis and given a slew of medications. The next week I had a follow up exam with a doctor and was then diagnosed with a bladder infection. At the point of visiting the doctor, I had not had a bowel movement in 4 days when I usually have them at least once a day; as I was not eating a lot, I did not dwell on it. However, as I've taken the antibiotics, I've felt sicker and sicker - nausea, dizziness, upset stomach, basically the majority of listed side effects. BUT I've been having another "side effect" that was not listed and I've never had it before..... my stomach muscles start contracts so much that my body basically pulls/lunges forward and it feels like the upper ab area is swelling with air. It feels like I'm trying to do sit ups against my will. This happens either sitting or standing. It doesn't necessarily last for days, but once it starts, it continues until I go to bed that evening. It is also affecting what I eat because it is not allowing me to eat that much. Is this an additional side effect of the antibiotic? Has anyone else dealt with this? Any information provided is greatly appreciated.
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Posted by Di (Magnolia Springs, Alabama) on 05/28/2009
Hormones and Anti-biotics:
Recently my granddaughter saw her Pediatrician and was told to stop eating chicken, meats that contained hormones or anti-biotic to only buy natural (organic) chicken for she will go into puberty early. We have heard this from many parents and were told that's why girls and boys are maturing so fast. My question, if this happens to children what happens to adults that eat the same chicken. Does this speed up the aging process? Is this why many women are going into Menopause so early? What effect does hormones have on adults including men? My question on Anti-Biotic my daughter (31) was diagnosed with Lymphoma and is now in remission prior to her diagnoses she had taken a series of anti-biotic for something she did not have for 3 months. One month later she has lymphoma. My great niece (10 months) has lymphoma and was born with it. She has had a bone marrow transplant and is in remission and was told it could back in about 12 years. The cause was from her mother taking anti-biotic when she was pregnant. If we give chickens anti-biotic does this affect many cancers that people have? Has anyone done a study?
EC: Great questions, thank you Di. Let's get the conversation started on this new page!
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Posted by Penelope (Alameda, Ca) on 05/28/2013
I saw the prescription name "Flagyl" and I had to say something about this medication. I had to take this antibiotic for a severe tooth infection and it wrecked my body. I only took a 10 day dose. Although I never had any numbness that I recall, I got oral thrush and felt like I had the flu everyday for about 3 months after taking it. I only started to feel better after taking natural remedies to clean out my liver and detox my body. It took months to recover from it. That was now a year ago and my energy level has never quite returned to normal. There are many horror stories online about this antibiotic - if you don't feel right taking it ditch it immediatley and ask for something else if you absolutely must be on antibiotics. I wish I had.
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Posted by Larayne (Beautiful New Mexico) on 05/22/2013
I was on long term use of Flagyl, initially for an infection, then for c-diff. I refuse to take any more antibiotics and will try some of the homeopathics I read about that were helpful to others. I do have one question. Has anyone experienced numbness of the feet, ankles, and fingers? I read it could be from long term use of Flagyl but can't seem to find out if it is temporary, long term (as in months) or permanent. Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this.
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