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Is It Safe To Mix Antibiotics?
1 May. 2014

antibiotic mixToday there are more than 100 different kinds of antibiotics, which are mainly divided into 2 major groups according to their mode of action – broad-spectrum and narrow-spectrum antibiotics. Broad spectrum antibiotics are active against a large group of bacteria, whereas narrow-spectrum antibiotics are active just against some certain types of bacteria.

Scientists have counted that wide use of antibiotics has increased the duration of human life on average by 20 years. But unfortunately development of new antibiotics has brought to the fact that they began to oust traditional medicines on a massive scale and are used not only for serious diseases treatment but in everyday practice as well. People start to use antibiotics for no reason when they feel sick, have headache, cough or sneeze. Moreover, they often prescribe drugs themselves and even mix different antibiotics. Such behavior pattern is inadmissible and the negative impact of self-administration on overall health can take long to be improved. Moreover, people frequently mix various antibiotics. But is it safe?

Some doctors can prescribe paired-up antibiotics to combat serious infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Sometimes two different antibiotics are prescribed for two different conditions. But such prescriptions must be done only by doctors as far as when mixing with other drugs in the body, antibiotics often lose their efficacy and even may become harmful.

Besides, not all antibiotics can be mixed in one syringe. Thus, aminoglycoside antibiotics as Gentamicin and Streptomycin lose all their health properties when mixed with penicillins in one syringe. Erythromycin and Laevomycetin behave even worse. After being mixed they cipitate and it is impossible to make an injection. Aminoglycosides (Gentamicin, Streptomycin, Kanamycin) are very dangerous when mixed with some diuretics, for example Furosemide. Both have a negative impact on hearing organs and their concomitant use intensifies the adverse effect and can lead to hearing loop or even complete hearing loss.

Tetracycline is extremely capricious too. If received with diarrheal medicines, it doesn’t absorb into blood. It won’t do much harm, but neither will be helpful. And if washed down with milk or taken together with iron containing medications, the therapeutical effects will be extremely poor.

One can seriously damage kidneys when mixing aminoglycosides with cephalosporins (Cephalexin, Cefaclor, etc.). The reason is that each of these antibiotics is toxic itself for kidneys. And if you take two antibiotics of these groups simultaneously, the toxicity will double.

Many people don’t see the difference between bactericidal and bacteriostatic antibiotics. The former kill the bacteria whereas the latter prevent them from dividing. And their concomitant use is inadmissible. So be careful in choosing drugs. Before you start treating with antibiotics as well as with other drugs, it is better to consult a doctor. Only he can prescribe you the medicines that are compatible and beneficial for you.

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