If you suspect you have a bacterial infection, one of the most reliable ways to seek relief is through antibiotics. They are incredibly effective at ridding your body of the bacteria causing the infection and can make you feel better within a matter of a few days.
You have to be careful, though, if you are on another medication! Some interactions between medications and certain antibiotics can produce unpleasant or dangerous side effects.
That is why getting a proper diagnosis and personalized prescription at one of our AFC Urgent Care NC locations is so important. Our latest blog all about antibiotics gives you more information below!
What Can Antibiotics Do for Me?
Once it has been determined that antibiotics are for you, your prescription will typically last seven to 14 days and you will be instructed on exactly how to take them. Follow these directions completely!
If you don’t take them as you are supposed to or don’t finish your prescription, your infection could come back. You could also still be spreading it around to others, as most infections are contagious.
Typical Infections That Need Antibiotics
- UTI (urinary tract infection)
- Skin infections like MRSA
- Ear or sinus infections
- Bacterial pneumonias
What Medications Are Sensitive to Antibiotics?
While antibiotics are a great resource, it can be dangerous to take certain antibiotics with certain medications. They can make your current prescription less effective or produce serious potential complications, so it is very important to make sure that your medications interact safely with a medical provider’s approval.
For example, certain blood-thinning medications are sensitive to cephalosporin and can increase your chance of bleeding. If you are on the contraceptive pill, certain antibiotics can make the pill less effective and leave you vulnerable without much warning.
- Contraceptive pills
- Blood thinner medications
- Any medication not cleared by your medical provider
Antibiotics are a great resource, but only when they are used in a responsible way. If you think you need a prescription for an infection you have, come see us at one of our AFC Urgent Care NC locations.