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Why Antibiotics are Harmful for Your Health

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9. Inner Ear Problems

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All members of the aminoglycoside antibiotic family can cause ototoxicity if they enter the inner ear. The drug may enter through the blood system or via diffusion from the middle ear into the inner ear.

A person is at higher risk for aminoglycoside antibiotic-induced ototoxicity when also taking ototoxic drugs.


A few symptoms of ototoxicity include partial or profound hearing loss, vertigo and tinnitus, which can be temporary or permanent.

10. May Reduce Effectiveness of Birth Control Pills

birth control pills

If you’re taking birth control pills or using another oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy, rifampin-like drugs may reduce its effectiveness.

A 1999 study published in The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases suggests that the antibiotic rifampin may reduce plasma estrogen concentrations making your oral contraceptive ineffective.


Antibiotics used to treat or prevent diseases, including tuberculosis and meningitis, can also make oral contraceptives less effective.

Ask your doctor if you need to use an additional contraception method to prevent pregnancy while taking an antibiotic.

Your doctor may suggest other contraception methods, such as the progestogen injection, an intrauterine device or an intrauterine system.

Additional Tips

  • Antibiotic side effects differ from patient to patient as well as from antibiotic to antibiotic.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If needed, use rehydrating beverages that are high in electrolytes.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Avoid eating spicy food. Switch to a more bland diet when you are taking antibiotics.
  • Do not take any antibiotics without a prescription from your doctor.
  • Complete the entire course of treatment so that your body receives the appropriate dosage. Consult your doctor if you miss a dose of an antibiotic.
  • Never take leftover antibiotics. They may not be the correct antibiotic for your specific illness contracted at a later date. So, discard any remaining antibiotics.
  • Do not take antibiotics prescribed to someone else. Your infection-causing bacteria may be different from that for which the antibiotic was prescribed.
  • Do not pressurize your doctor to give you antibiotics for a speedy recovery. Instead, ask about methods to alleviate your symptoms.
  • Include natural antibiotics like ginger, yogurt, neem, honey, oregano, grapefruit, turmeric and garlic in your diet to boost your immunity and fight infections.


Why Antibiotics are Harmful for Your Health was last modified: November 20th, 2015 by Top10HomeRemedies
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