Antibiotics, like any medicine, has some simple rules. In case of doubt, it is best to read the label of the drug or, if there is any doubt, seek advice from their doctor or pharmacist.
At what time of day?
In general, treatment antibiotic There are two or three times a day, when tablets or capsules, or more applications per day, in the case of local forms. It is important to establish a regular rhythm, at times when you will not forget your medication. The meal time is a good benchmark, unless your life is very irregular, for professional reasons, for example. You must then choose with fixed hours, if necessary, a "sticky" by programming your watch or your cell phone ... and remember to carry your medicine chest with you!
If, despite these precautions, you sometimes forget a dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
With or without food?
The meal time is a good benchmark, but when the meal to his antibiotic? In principle, the best time is half an hour before meals or at the latest just before starting to eat. In this way, the active principle is better absorbed on an empty stomach. But there are exceptions: Some antibiotics are better assimilated in the presence of fat: they must take during meal. Therefore it is important to ask your doctor or pharmacist and read the label of the drug before starting treatment. The indications on how to take theantibiotic are clearly mentioned.
The tablets and capsules should be taken with water, without being crushed or opened. It is better to avoid sugary or acidic drinks (fruit juice, soda) or the milk may interfere with gastric absorption and even neutralize theantibiotic. Alcoholic beverages are not recommended because theAlcohol can interact with the absorption of theantibiotic.
For how long?
The duration of treatment antibiotic must be sufficient to remove almost all germs that cause infection, the latest count is normally removed by the patient's immune system. This means, very importantly, that treatment antibiotic does not necessarily stop when symptoms disappear! Usually, the first-line treatment of a common infection (one bronchitis for example) should take five to six days, or longer if the doctor indicates on the prescription. Unless a intolerance severe (Allergy), Which must be immediately reported to the doctor, it is essential to the treatment antibiotic for the number of days indicated. Otherwise, the seeds may survive in large numbers and cause a relapse, always more difficult to treat. In addition, inadequate exposure to the germs'antibiotic promotes the development of strains resistant.
There are many infections that require treatment for several weeks or months: TB, Meningitis, kidney infections, heart infections, for example. In some cases it is impossible to eliminate the germ, Which causes regular relapses. Antibiotic treatment can then limit the extent of infection and less frequent relapses, but they do not cure the disease.
In any event, the duration of treatment antibiotic indicated by the physician must be strictly respected, without interruption or change in dose. This is a condition that treatment is effective and that can fight against the selection of resistant strains.