They’ll tell you the antibiotics are for your own good. They’ll promise they will help you get better. Even justify the prescription by insisting, “at least it can’t hurt.”
But now we know that’s NOT the case at all. Because as I have explained many times before, when you take antibiotics you don’t need you’re facing more than just a needless bellyache.
The truth is the very drugs that are supposed to help you get better can actually make you worse. They could even send you straight to the hospital, locked in a battle for your life.
So today, let’s take a look at this ugly new risk.
More importantly, let’s take a look at a simple way to bring that risk right back down to keep you OUT of the hospital and ON your own feet.
How antibiotics could land you in the ER
Now, let’s get one thing straight. If you REALLY need antibiotics, then, by all means, take them. These drugs can save your life when used correctly.
The trouble is antibiotics are often NOT used correctly.
Despite all the warnings, far too many doctors are still using them almost like a “harmless” placebo. “Take this prescription and call me in a week if you’re not better.”
They know you’ll likely be better in a week anyway – with or without the antibiotics – but prescribe them anyway because…
- They think you expect them to do something – anything – and don’t want to disappoint you. And, let’s face it, some patients really DO expect meds no matter what.
- You might actually need In many cases, the odds are low. But “just in case” you do, you’re already covered.
But each time you take those antibiotics, your risks rise.
The new study finds two prescriptions within three years can increase your odds of hospitalization by 23 percent. If you have three or four, those odds jump to 33 percent. And if you’ve had five or more prescriptions, your odds of hospitalization skyrocket by a staggering 77 percent.
Destroying beneficial belly bug puts you at risk
The reason for the rise?
The researchers believe it’s all about the gut. Every time you take antibiotics, you kill off bacteria down there, including the germs essential to your immune function and overall health.
That exposes you to a host of new problems, such as making you more susceptible to new and far more dangerous infections (including sometimes deadly superbug infections).
So here’s what you do. If you’re offered antibiotics for a seemingly minor infection or illness, ask if you REALLY need them and what your other options are.
In many cases, you may find you can, at the very least, delay taking the meds to see if you get better on your own (just make sure your doc is on board with this plan).
And if you DO need antibiotics take a probiotic supplement along with them and in the weeks that follow. This will help restore those essential bacteria in your gut and keep your risks down where they belong.