Yes,in rare occasions you can. If you had a kidney transplant, or are taking corticosteroids, or are over 60 years of age are some of the known risk factors. This medication may cause tendon damage during or after treatment. So, measure the risk versus benefit before taking this antibiotic. In addition, this medication can also cause your retina to be damaged when exposed to sunlight. So, if you do take this medication, even if the busy doctor forgets to warn you, be aware that you must protect and shield your eyes from sunlight. This is especially more important if you are also taking corticosteroids, which also may damage your retina. Would alternatives mentioned below work? Would changing a life-style factor work?
In the last few decades, doctors have prescribed antibiotics to cure all kinds of bacterial diseases ranging from life – threatening to minor. They did not realize that wide-scale use of antibiotics could result in a rise of resistant bacteria that could evade the commonly prescribed antibiotics and continue their infectious state. This medication, Ciprofloxacin, a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics, works. So, as ofthe year 2012, doctors may prescribe Ciprofloxacin. However, it has the severe side reactions discussed above in certain patients. You may want to click here (medicine.net) and here (drugs.com) to learn more about the drug Ciprofloxacin. Cipro has been stockpiled to fight a potential anthrax attack by terrorists. If prescribed Cipro, do not take it with milk or milk products or with calcium fortified juice. Also, read up the two links above. There are additional risk factors such as low potassium levels is another risk factor.
When should you take antibiotics?Doctors have to see several patients in a day to make enough money to pay their high malpractice insurance and other bills. So, they are too rushed to go over all the risk factors that you as an individual should consider. So, it is your job to be aware. READ up the two links above and more before you take any antibiotic, especially for a minor inflammation. However, if there is a risk for tetanus from a minor cut which can be deadly or such a life-threatening condition which might be major, do act quickly on the recommendation of your doctor, and take an effective antibiotic. That is why antibiotics were discovered by Alexander Flemming. To save lives.
So, what should you do?
1) Ask your doctor if it is a life – threatening condition? If the answer is yes, then naturally, the benefit to taking the drug may out weigh the risks.
2) Read up more about this drug to learn about the risk factors here and here.
3) Read up more about this drug to learn about how important it is to follow the exact routine of when to take the medicine. You must take it at the exact same time everyday to maintain the same amount of drug inside your body.
4) Certain herbs like Oregano and Turmeric and just eating more healthy foods with plant tannins help fight the bacteria naturally. Consider those options. They take longer because they are less effective immediately, however, bacteria are fought by helping your body’s immune system attack the offending bacteria instead of an artificial antibiotic chemical. You may read our article on G-proteins, and how they interact inside your body’s cells in complex ways, so that doctors really still do not fully understand why something has a severe side reaction in one person and be absolutely safe in another.
5) Are you post-menopausal? Well, some doctors believe that hormonal changes after menopause change your ability to digest foods that you had no problem digesting before menopause. Perhaps, a nutritional change or overhaul might solve the issue that might mimic an infection but is largely a result of hormonal change, for example a stomach irritation. Some find that eliminating milk or gluten helps. Imagine, if eliminating a food can stop you from using an antibiotic that may rupture or damage a tendon, wouldn’t you rather try that option?
It is your body or the body of your loved one. Be empowered. Eat healthy. Stay healthy. If you get sick, be proactive. Read before you take a dangerous antibiotic, if your condition is not life threatening. Why risk damaging your perfectly healty tendon? You may end up needing surgery for a damaged tendon. Is that really something you would want to risk if all you are suffering from is a minor infection, which a temporary life-style change might safely help?