5 Myths About Antibiotics | Consumer Reports

5 Myths About Antibiotics | Consumer Reports


[SNAP] Lauren Friedman, Consumer
Reports’ health editor, says overuse of antibiotics
is creating a health crisis. Antibiotics have helped cure
infections for 75 years, but so much misuse
and overuse has helped contribute to
the spread of superbugs, which are these infections that
are very difficult to treat. We’re even finding some
infections that our strongest antibiotics cannot
fight against. We’re risking ending
up in a time that resembles the time before
we had antibiotics, where we have bacterial infections
and we have nothing left to treat them. You can become part
of the solution by knowing the truth behind
these myths about antibiotics. Number 1, they treat
all infections. Antibiotics don’t
do anything if you have a viral infection
or a fungal infection, and a lot of common
infections like colds and flus are actually not
caused by bacteria. So if you have a
viral infection, antibiotics won’t do anything. Myth number 2– there’s no
downside to taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are lifesaving
and generally very safe, but they do have some downsides. Antibiotics can
have side effects like nausea and vomiting,
and very rarely things like nerve damage. Myth number 3– a full
course of antibiotics lasts at least a week. Sometimes you only need a
few days of antibiotics. Always ask your doctor for the
shortest course of antibiotics possible. Myth number 4– killing more
bacteria is always better. Not all bacteria is bad. Some bacteria is
actually very important and can help your
body run smoothly and help you digest your food. Many infections can be
treated with a narrow spectrum antibiotic like penicillin. Ask your doctor if a
narrow spectrum antibiotic might work for your infection. And myth number 5– taking leftover
medication is all right. You should never take
leftover medication. First of all, it’s never
OK to self-diagnose. You don’t necessarily
know what you have, or if an antibiotic will help. If you have a viral infection,
taking an antibiotic won’t help you, and it
could actually harm you. Even if you do have a
bacterial infection, the antibiotic that you
happen to have leftover might not be the right
type or the right dose. Always check with a
doctor so that you can find out what type
of bacteria you have and figure out which antibiotic
is the best to treat it. Superbugs can affect
us all, so it’s important to be
aware and involved. The number one thing you can
do is not push your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic. If you are prescribed
an antibiotic, ask, do I really need
this antibiotic? If we follow this
advice, we’ll all be doing our part to help
limit the spread of superbugs.

14 Replies to “5 Myths About Antibiotics | Consumer Reports”

  1. There is an error in this video stating that antibiotics do not treat fungal infections. Antibacterial medications do not treat fungal infections, but there are anitfungal "antibiotics".

  2. I can't help but wonder if mandatory lab test would eliminate this problem or if med insurance not wanting to pay for that coincides with this problem.

  3. The real source of the problem is not uneducated people about antibiotics but to doctors who are the ones overprescribing them.
    Today, general practitioners are train to prescribe , run tests and refer.
    No one as the balls to say it !
    When will stop treating doctors as half-gods and start treating them as any professional things will change. We've been discussing about this issue since the 1960s
    I didn't get into the issue of doctors getting theirs informations from Pharmaceutical Sales Rep with a degree in Marketing.

  4. Maybe more doctors need to watch this video. Shouldn’t they be the ones taking all this into account without having the patients ask about these things?

  5. I took 2 antibiotic tabs and lost my senses of taste and smell. The senses returned after 3 weeks of Ayurvedic panchakarma (cleansing) in India.

    Never again will I take antibiotics—or any other pharmaceutical. I’ll find another way.

    Take care of your health. Eat only organic foods, practice Transcendental Meditation, exercise moderately, keep active of purpose—and stay as far from doctors as you can.

  6. My brother in law just had a major problem with Baytril, I think it was called – it shut down his kidneys! Luckily, he was rushed to the ER – but ti seems the warnings on this drug are not strong enough – who reads all of the pages of complicated crap that is printed with these drugs? This could easily have killed him –

  7. This information isn't new. It seems to be very old, repackaged "news". What is revealing or insightful here?

  8. Many patients demand antibiotics whether they need them or not. If the doctor does not provide them, the patient is likely to leave a bad review. Doctors today are judged less by how well they practice medicine and more by how fast they can see patients and their patient satisfaction scores. Most doctors now work for corporations and they demand that the doctor meet their standards for times and patient satisfaction scores. One bad review may take as many as 9 good reviews to achieve an acceptable average score.

  9. Doctors are quick to prescribe antibiotics without telling people that about 80% of our immune system is in our guts as the beneficial bacteria this video mentions that are also destroyed by the drug. These microbiota must be restored so that our immune system is in good order to help us recover from whatever it is we are taking antibiotics for! Having a healthy probiotic on hand to take immediately after a bout of antibiotics is important. Yogurt and fermented foods are fine for ongoing digestive management but are not enough to replace the 3-4 POUNDS of microbiota in our guts after they have been destroyed. Supplementation should consist of at least 4 different colonies (CFUs) of several billion organisms taken for 2 – 4 weeks after antibiotics. If you eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, and don't eat too much artificial sweeteners, then ongoing supplementation should not be necessary.

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