Top 5 ways to tackle side effects of antibiotics

When used properly, antibiotics either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause a particular health problem. This, in turn, helps your natural immune system fight the infection. But, on the hindsight, antibiotics often have side effects that cause other temporary health issues. Some common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, yeast infections, allergic reactions, and inner ear problems.


Here are 5 simple ways to deal with antibiotic-related side effects:


  1. Have probiotic yogurt and milk

When taking antibiotics, it is highly recommended to include yogurt with ‘good bacteria’ in your diet. Eating yogurt that contains ‘live bacterial cultures’ helps your body recover from diarrhea, one of the common side effects of antibiotics. These live cultures are gut-friendly bacteria that provide a layer of protection in the intestines and help generate lactic acid to get bacterial toxins out of the body. When taking antibiotics, simply eat the yogurt or make a smoothie for a good taste.


  1. Add garlic to your diet

Garlic is a natural antibiotic that helps kill harmful microbes without the side effects of antibiotic medicines. Also, it contains an important compound known as allicin that protects your kidneys and liver from the potential damage of antibiotics. Adding garlic to your diet and taking a daily supplement of 500 mg is a helpful way to detox your body from the harmful residue of antibiotics. Consult your doctor before starting any supplements.


  1. Sip on hot ginger tea

Whether you suffer from diarrhea, nausea or vomiting due to prescribed antibiotics, ginger is effective in dealing with these side effects. Fresh ginger has an antibiotic effect against food-borne pathogens as well as respiratory and periodontal infections and is also known for alleviating stomach and gastrointestinal discomforts. Sip ginger tea up to three times a day to help deal with side effects from antibiotics.


  1. Eat bland foods

Some of the most widely reported side effects of antibiotics include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. To counter these issues, it is advisable that you eat only bland food during and after a course of antibiotics. These types of food include dry crackers, plain bread, white rice, etc. If you keep hogging on carbohydrate-rich, sugary and spicy food, you will put yourself through a lot more sessions of diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting as your GI tract will not be able to keep up with the demands.


  1. Take all of the antibiotic prescriptions as directed

Some antibiotics should be taken only with water. But many others need to be taken with food, which can increase their absorption and ward off an upset stomach, which is a common side effect of antibiotics. You should finish the entire prescribed course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms clear up. If you stop taking the medication mid-course, the infection could linger and the bacteria may become resistant, causing more problems for your health.

January 24, 2019

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