Safety Tips for Antibiotic Medications
Many patients will be prescribed antibiotics at least once during their lifetime, perhaps after going to an emergency care department for a serious illness. They’re an essential tool in the fight against bacterial infections. Yet, even antibiotics have limitations. They cannot be used to treat a viral infection, for example, which is one reason why your emergency care physician might recommend an alternative treatment. If you are prescribed antibiotics, the healthcare providers of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center will help you learn how to use them correctly.
Before taking antibiotics, make sure that you understand the dosage instructions. Ask your physician or pharmacist if you need to take the medication with food. If you are instructed to take a dose at certain intervals, such as every four hours, ask for confirmation of how many pills daily this equals. If you have trouble reading the print on your medication bottle, you can ask the pharmacist to print a label with large type. It’s critically important to finish the full course of medication . Even if you start to feel better, you should take each dose until the medicine is gone.
While at the hospital, inform the doctor of your full medical history. This helps your doctor know if a particular antibiotic is safe for you to take. Let your physician know about any previous reactions to drugs, your current medications, and supplements, and your pregnancy or breastfeeding status, if applicable. If you take birth control pills, you may be advised to use a barrier method of protection because it’s possible that the effectiveness of your birth control pills will be diminished while taking antibiotics.
Antibiotics may cause some side effects. Call your doctor if you develop a rash or severe itching. If you have trouble breathing, seek emergency care. More common side effects can include stomach upset, diarrhea, and vaginal yeast infections. Taking over-the-counter probiotics can reduce the chances of yeast infections.
At the emergency care unit at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , we are committed to protecting patient health while remaining mindful of the dangers of antibiotic resistance. If you have general questions about our community hospital in Las Vegas, you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300. Or, visit us on the Web to learn more about our service lines, including our stroke care and heart hospital.