Antibiotic Side Effects

Antibiotic side effects are the scourge of this life saving medication.

Who hasn't heard of antibiotic diarrhea! This is the most common side effect of antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Biaxin see lower on page for a list of negative effects specific to Amoxicillin and Biaxin.

Recently I had my own run-in with antibiotics which you can read about on Align probiotic but very briefly I took extra capsules of Align throughout the course of antibiotics and completely avoided any antibiotic side effects.

If that sounds like you then you can buy Align Daily Probiotic Supplement Capsules here.

It is important to understand that antibiotics can be life saving. As one researcher sum it up in The Lancet - "Antimicrobial agents are associated with side-effects, which are usually tolerated because the benefits of treatment outweigh the toxic effects."

Antibiotic side effects aside - I am grateful to live in a country where I can be treated with them.

However, there are some things that you can do to avoid the worst of the side effects of antibiotics because most of them are due to ALL of the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract being wiped out when all you really wanted was the bad ones to be killed.

take probiotics

Taking a course of a good probiotic supplement is the surest way to avoid any unpleasantness. Start the probiotic before you start the course of antibiotics if you can, take the probiotic several hours after the antibiotic, and continue for a week after finishing the course.

Align would be my first choice because I have personally had a very favorable response with it but any of the top brands will probably work as well.


Amoxicillin antibiotic side effects

Amoxicillin is an improved type of penicillin which is better able to resist damage from stomach acid than the original penicillin did. It has a fairly broad spectrum effect against many bacteria so it is used both on organisms known to be sensitive to it as well it is a good selection when the type of bacteria is unknown. It is especially helpful in anaerobic infections (those which grow without the benefit of oxygen).

Side effect of amoxicillin may include symptoms such as:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • vaginal itching or discharge;
  • headache;
  • swollen, black, or "hairy" tongue;
  • oral thrush

Most of those side effects Amoxicillin are caused through insufficient good bacteria so taking a probiotic would help.

Very occassionally people have an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin which may include symptomms such as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. These are very serious and you should see your doctor immediately. Black-out and convulsions have also occassionally been recorded.

Probiotics would be of no use what-so-ever with these serious antibiotic side effects. You need immediate medical intervention.


Biaxin antibiotic side effects

Biaxin is one of the macrolide antibiotics and is used against helicobacter pylori.

Side effects of biaxin may include symptoms such as:

  • mild stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach;
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • tooth discoloration;
  • dizziness, headache, anxiety, confusion;
  • skin rash;
  • vaginal itching or discharge

And once again, a few people do suffer an allergic reaction with sympptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you experince any of these go to your doctor immediately.