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Antibiotics Can Kill You: How I Survived the Wrong Rx

Updated on April 20, 2017
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A routine course of antibiotics caused a life-threatening C. diff infection that nearly killed me. This is my story.

Antibiotics

Better to Heal You With, My Dear

Why am I writing an article about the dangers of antibiotics?

I have recently learned firsthand that antibiotics can sometimes cause serious and even life-threatening illness. I'm sharing my story of how I survived a prescription, and what it feels like to be so sick you're sure you won't live through another day.

It is my desire to bring an awareness to others of what can happen when you are taking an antibiotic. It's not a pretty picture and can happen to anyone. I had no idea what I was in for as I dutifully swallowed the first of 30 white tablets.

My story begins with a recent trip to the dentist. I had some work done on a tooth that led to an infection. The dentist prescribed an antibiotic that ended up putting me flat in bed and made me sicker than I have ever been in my life. If you have a strong stomach and a curious mind . . . read on. Otherwise, skip this section and move to the next one.

C. difficile bacteria

C-diff bacteria from a stool sample
C-diff bacteria from a stool sample | Source

How It Started: Living in the Bathroom

If you've ever had a painful, throbbing toothache, then you understand the feeling of relief when you're prescribed an antibiotic and assured that the pain will be gone soon. Well, this is just how I felt—relieved. Initially, at least. I would first take the antibiotic, and then my upcoming appointment with a root canal specialist (an endodontist) should've been more tolerable, as the antibiotic would soon take effect and the pain would be gone. Unfortunately, however, that wasn't the case.

On the second day of taking the prescribed medication, the diarrhea started and never stopped. Subsequently, each day became more uncomfortable for me. I thought about reporting my condition to my dentist, but didn't want to bother him with such a trivial problem. I would simply continue on the antibiotic until it was gone. I would just put up with the annoying and very uncomfortable "side effects." Imodium D to the rescue.

Finally, though, the blessed day came and the antibiotic regimen was complete. Soon, my poor body would be back to normal. Or so I thought.

C-difficile colonies

C. difficile colonies can sometimes run rampant after a course of antibiotics.
C. difficile colonies can sometimes run rampant after a course of antibiotics. | Source

What is C. difficile?

Taking an antibiotic not only kills harmful bacteria you may have in your system, it also kills helpful bacteria—the good bacteria that facilitate digestion and other bodily functions. Without enough of these good types of bacteria, C. diff can run rampant in your digestive tract. Once C. diff is established, it produces toxic substances that attack the cells and the lining of the intestines and the colon, causing inflammation.

If a bacterial colon infection caused by C. difficile is mild, it may get better when you stop taking the antibiotic. However, if your symptoms are more severe, you may need another type of antibiotic to kill C. difficile.

About C. diff

The Hospital Visit: Clindamycin, My Worst Enemy

I had thought that upon completion of my antibiotic consumption, all would be well. Wrong.

Trips to the bathroom continued for 3-4 days after finishing the clindamycin. I had assumed that I just needed to be patient until my body was entirely free from the "magic potion."

Then, came day 4.

This was a day that only Charles Manson should have to live through. As I sat watching TV and petting my Shih Tzu, Clancey, my stomach began to gurgle, and that old familiar "I hope I make it to the bathroom in time" feeling bore into me again. But it wasn't what I had been plagued with for the past 10 days—this time, it was blood, and lots of it. Every 10-15 minutes, it came. This continued through the night and into the next day. Additionally, I was severely nauseated and had awful stomach cramps.

I called my doctor. "Get to the emergency room!" he cried, as my son backed out the car. Fifteen minutes later we were at the hospital and told to take a seat. I begged to lay down somewhere but was told no. I found a seat that faced the television. (Now normally, this would be a good thing. But when a person is nauseated and the television show is Rachel Rae demonstrating a new recipe . . . not so much).

Finally I was escorted into a room, one cold enough to store ice cream in, and put through the routine. The doctor then came to examine me and confirmed that I was dehydrated and had an infection in the colon. The cause? The antibiotic, clindamycin.

One Family’s Account of a C. Difficile Infection

Taking Antibiotics to Cure the Damage From Another Antibiotic

I was put on 500 mg of Flagyl, three times a day, to kill the infection. In addition, I was prescribed a medication for nausea and another for pain. I don't remember much of the next 48 hours except for traces of a voice telling me to drink some gatorade and to take my next antibiotic.

It took time to clear up this infection, and it was months before I felt normal. During this recovery period I could only eat certain foods, missing out on valuable nutrition that my body needed.

Moral of the story? Always read the instructions and side effect pamphlet that accompanies the antibiotic when the pharmacist hands it to you. I was too eager to toss the literature and did not study the side effects. I paid dearly for this mistake.

People have died from taking prescription drugs. Always question your doctor about possible side affects. I know I will.

As an added note: It's important to take probiotics, especially when taking any type of antibiotic.

What Are Antibiotics?

From faqs.org:

"Antibiotics are substances that inhibit the growth of or destroy bacteria that cause infection. Antibiotics do not work against viral diseases such as the common cold or influenza. The word "antibiotics" comes from the Greek anti ("against") and bios ("life")."

Some of the most common antibiotics include:

  • Streptomycin
  • Tetracycline - Do not take with milk, aluminum, iron or zinc.
  • Sulfadiazine
  • Sulfamethoxazole
  • Bactrim
  • Ampicillan
  • Oxicillan
  • Penicillan
  • Amoxicillin
  • Furazolidone
  • Erythromycin
  • Clindamycin - Causes possible C. diff
  • Vancomycin

What are Probiotics?

According to Wikipedia: "Probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be beneficial to the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host." Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt or as dietary supplements."

Some probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in preventing and treating various forms of gastroenteritis. They reduce both the duration of illness and the frequency of stools. Fermented milk products (such as yogurt) also reduce the duration of symptoms.

One of the few foods that presently appeal to me is a cultured milk product by the name of "Lifeway - Bio Kefir." I prefer the small 3.5 fl. oz bottles that come in a 4-pack and my choice of flavor is pomegranate/blueberry. MedicineNet has an informative article about probiotics.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my experience with you. If this article helps even one person, then I am satisfied. Take good care of your body. It's the only one you have. It houses your beautiful soul.

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      Vicky Dooley 13 days ago

      I took heavy doses of clyndimycin post a bilateral mastectomy. I ended up in the hospital after seeing bloody stools. I was quarantined and placed on iv vancomycin due to c. Diff. I will never take that particular antibiotic ever again.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Yes, there are times when it appears that only an antibiotic will help. We must be aware of possible side effects and report any unusual conditions to the doctor. Thanks.

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      N S NEGI 6 weeks ago

      GOOD AWARENESS WRTE UP ON SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTIBIOTICS .BUT IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY OUT.DEFINITELY NO !

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      Audrey Hunt 6 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      plowry

      Thanks for this helpful information. It's too bad regular doctors aren't prescribing this instead of antibiotics.

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      plowry 6 weeks ago

      I was diagnosed with c-diff. I took Berberine and Saccharomyces Boulardii prescribed by my Chinese Accupuncturist, found at the health food stores. I am so allergic to antibiotics and refuse to take them. this worked really well.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Lance. Thanks for sharing your story. Very sorry you've been through so much because of antibiotics. I'm a vegetarian and never eat red meat, pork or chicken. I stick to a plant based diet. I do hope you find an answer to your problem.

      Wishing you good health.

      Audrey

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      Lance Dale Roy 3 months ago

      A similar story to the latter.

      I went into the dentist to get an infected impacted molar and the adjacent molar had to be removed. The dentist prescribed a weeks worth of antibiotics before the major surgery. On day 5 of taking the antibiotics I collapsed seeing black and white and ended up in emergency. I was diagnosed with severe dehydration and after 5 bags of saline I was up and going again. From my research antibiotics build up over time... the thing is I haven't taken antibiotics of any form for my entire life until this one time! I tried several different types of antibiotics and all gave me the same effect! SEVERE DEHYDRATION.

      Some things about my health... I am extremely physically fit and a very hard working man often I find myself working upto 16 hours in one day. I drink upto 4 litres of water a day and the day I was diagnosed with severe dehydration I drank 2 litres of water and did not undergo any work for the duration of taking the antibiotics.

      I recently ate some chicken that had some antibiotics and after 5 hours of intensive physical work I found myself in a state of life threatening severe dehydration even though I was drinking sports drinks to compensate for my sweating. However I was drinking liquids with electrolytes I remained dehydrated.

      I recently did more research and found some home remedies that do work for myself. Peppermint Tea and Sativa... yes that's right marijuana saved me from going into the emergency ward.

      Now I am more focused on my body's reaction to the foods I eat and have changed my diet to stay away from any antibiotics especially RED MEAT. I Have noticed that my body's reaction time have greatly been increased to under a minute from eating a few bites of red meats grown with antibiotics.

      I can feel when my body goes into a state of shock, and I can feel when my body starts to open up and absorb water.

      My diet now consists of NON antibiotic or hormone grown meats, mostly fish, rice, fruits and vegetables, grains and pastas.

      My diet specifically excludes :

      Grocery store meats

      Fast foods that do not state whether or not they use antibiotics or hormones in their meats

      Eggs

      Turkey

      Ham

      Antibiotics to myself will result in death within 5 relaxed days or 1 day of heavy physical exertion granted I do not seek medical attention or use home remedies.

      I don't know what to call it. Its either an allergic reaction, anaphylactic shock, my body over compensates with a huge dose of histamines to counter the antibiotics... at any rate I cant even eat one piece of chicken unless I have peppermint tea, honey, garlic or Sativa at my disposal.

      From my understanding my condition is predominant in females at 5% of the human populace and for a male to have these reactions falls in under .5% of the human populace.

      Does anyone know the name of this condition? because my family doctor thinks its an allergic reaction but I do not have the appropriate symptoms of an allergy. I shrivel up and die when the smallest amount of antibiotics are introduced into my system. I do not rash, break out, bloat, swell up or have diarrhea. My reactions consist of immediate sweating and a feeling of internal constriction.

      Should I put myself up for research?

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Stephen

      What a dilemma! To take antibiotics - or not - what is a person to do? So sorry you've been through this.

      sepid

      You may want to see a specialist. I'm not a doctor and un-qualified to give you an answer. I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Good luck!

      Mary Ann

      Thanks for being here. I hope you feel better soon. This is not fun.

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      MaryAnn 8 months ago

      I believe I was antibiotic poisoned after a toothache! Since then, I have had nothing but infection after infection after infection. Up to the toothache, I had been careful about taking them, only when absolutely needed which would have been one step away from pneumonia. This is not fun.

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      sepid 8 months ago

      Damn these Ab! I was prescribed three two weeks periods of antibiotics clindamycine and one week penicilin. Since then I try to use banana kefir and probiotic yougerts everyday. I cant really cut more my one coffee now it is every other day. It has passed almost one year but my reflux which started immediately after pills doesnt stop at all. I took anti acid proton pump inhibitor for one month. It didnt work and it showed alot of unwanted irreversible effects that I never use it anymore. I have cut my food portions and consume very less amount of oil and no fast food(i never really ate fast food). I dont know what else i should do. I am very scared of loosing my esophagus! any advice for me?

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      stephen 9 months ago

      I am currently on antibiotics, lets exam that. Bio = life, so we I am taking anti life tablets to cure a chest infection. WTF... There has to be a better way than this. I feel shaky, fearful, dizzy and dreadful. So I am stopping them in the morning as I need pro life not anti life.

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      Audrey Hunt 10 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      RXXX - Thank you for being here and leaving good advice in your comments.

      Angela

      I'm so sorry to hear about your 6 year old. Clindamycin has caused many terrible reactions for people. I also have it listed as a medication allergy. Glad your little one is okay now.

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      Angela 10 months ago

      I wish I had known about this before agreeing to give my 6yo clindamycin! However she had just left the hospital after severe complications from a tonsillectomy and as a mama bear I was not only gripped by fear but the lack of sleep and agreed. After only 1 day the bloody diarrhea started. Luckily we caught it immediately and even though the Dr didn't believe that it was the Clindamycin I had no doubt. The drug will come nowhere near anyone in my family again. It is listed as a medication allergy on everyone's medical records.

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      RXXX 12 months ago

      Always take light antibiotics low dose only when needed.

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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      hubbasgirl - Thank you so much for your comments. I'm so sorry you are suffering with this. It's a horrible thing! Why is this Clyndamiacin still on the market? It needs to be removed! Hoping you are better soon.

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      hubbasgirl 19 months ago

      How are you doing now? I too was taken down by clinda. Just two pills into it, prescribed because I had been to see someone that had bacterial meningitis. That was in Jan 2015. Now, Feb 2016 I am still struggling after taking vanco, flagyl, dificid and having two fecal transplants. This is a nightmare and I feel like I will never get my life back. The fear and anxiety I have every day that this beast from the bowels of hell will return, is crippling. Clinda should NOT be given unless life or death in my opinion. They have known about this problem since the 70's when c diff was referred to as clindamycin colitis. Now they have created the problem and are on the hunt for a vaccine to stop this epidemic. Should have been more careful with this nuclear bomb of an antibiotic.

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      Audrey Hunt 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Larry - Thank you very much for this informative and clear description of ALS. I recall how the symptons of this terrible disease affected Hawking in the movie, "The Theory Of Everything." It is truly devestating. I'm very sorry that your dear mother suffered with this and that you were a witness to her plight.

      Thank you again for taking the time to get this information to me in such a timely manner.

      Take care,

      Audrey

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      Larry Wall 22 months ago

      ALS is short for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the famous baseball player for the N.Y. Yankees, often referred to as the Iron Horse who was diagnosed with it in 1939. It falls into the group of diseases that include Muscular Dystrophy. Despite the best efforts of science, little or no progress has been discovered that flips the switch so to speak, causing the disease to begin spreading. As I noted my mother had it in her early 70s. There are two varieties of the diseases. One will affect the ability to speak or swallow rather quickly while allowing the patient to have some mobility. The more typical form attacks the limbs and other muscles confining the patient to a wheel chair and eventually a bed. The disease usually lasts three to five years, getting progressively worse until the patient dies. Some research has been done, but it falls into the orphan class of diseases where few cases are reported each year. It is unfortunate, but resources have to go where they do the most good. The disease shows some hereditary charismatic. However, I am almost 65 and my sister is 70 and we have not shown any signs of the illness. It is a tragic disease that is obviously hard on the patient and the family. The patient does not lose any of his mental abilities during the illness. Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games for the Yankees as first baseman, until he had to give it up. I have learned about this illness this because of my mother's fight against the illness.

      The disease does not affect mental abilities as the following excerpt taken from the Internet, with the web address at the bottom shows.

      "Today the modern Iron Horse is Stephen Hawkins. British physicist Stephen Hawking is one of the most world-renowned of modern physicists. His theories have provided deep insights into the connections between quantum physics and relativity, including how those concepts might be united in explaining fundamental questions related to the development of the universe and the formation of black holes. In addition to being a keen mind within physics, he has gained respect throughout the world as a science communicator.

      The achievements are impressive enough on their own, but at least part of the reason he is so universally respected is that he was able to accomplish them while suffering the severe debility of the disease ALS, which "should" have been fatal decades ago, according to the average prognosis of the condition."

      http://index.about.com/index?q=lou+gehrig+biograph...

      By the way, I am allergic to tetracycline penicillin. However, the adverse reaction is itching, which can be handled with an antihistamine.

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      Audrey Hunt 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Larry - Im sorry to hear about all your surgeries. Glad to hear that the right antibiotics were administered to you What is ALS?

      Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. My best to you

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      Larry Wall 22 months ago

      I have been through 9 surgeries in the past 15 years. Two were major--weeks in hospital, several were basically overnight and some were same day. I would have not survived without the proper antibiotics. I know the ones I cannot take and I list them on ever admitting form, patient history, etc. I am still here. Longevity is not a family trait. At 64 I have outlived my older brother and father. They were in their 60s. My mother made it to 73. She died of ALS. There is no medical or natural cure for that.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      AudreyHowitt - It's on my medical record that no Clindamycin for me! Next time I need an antibiotic I'll go for garlic. I've heard it's a natural antibiotic. Thanks Audrey.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sunshine625 - Well I learned a huge lesson the hard way. I thought I was dying. I've alerted my doctors about Clindamycin. From now on I'm researching the side affects of any antibiotics before taking them.

      I respect the way you are such a good advocate for your own health and I'm following your example!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Yikes! What a horrible thing to go through--I take as little of this stuff as possible--but sometimes you have to take medications--hope that is all long behind you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I give you credit for continuing the antibiotics past day 2. There is no way I would have continued. I would have bothered the dentist for another antibiotic, which is what I did with my experience with Clindamycin...on day 4 when I noticed oral thrush forming on my tongue. Ewwww! I will never take that med again. It is a very common drug for dental issues, but doesn't agree with every one. I am also allergic to penicillin, I had a horrible experience with amoxyicillin. I hope you finally got your root canal tended to! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      MusicQuavers1968

      Thank you for your comments. I'm sorry about your frustration with the antibiotic. Have you reported this to your doctor? Perhaps a different prescription will work better for you. Take care.

      Nina

      I sure hope by now you are feeling better. Thanks for being here and take care.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      It's a sad thing when we are given medication that is the wrong kind, I paid dearly for it. Is there any other m eds your doctor can give you?Their must be some kind of alternative where you won't get so sick, Let me know.

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      Nina 3 years ago

      First of all, i'm sorry you had to go through that ):

      I was just searching on the web to see if there were other people who felt like i feel now on antibiotics.. Im on a heavy dose and i have to take 4 a day for a week, im on my 3rd day.. And i feel terrible! I've never had this before. I can't eat, i feel sick, i have a horrific headache. And i can hardly walk because my intestines cramp.. Sad thing is i'll have to keep taking them because i have a very bad kidney/bladder inflamation (i believed it'd just go away..). I'll take mention of the signs you told about ):

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      MusicQuavers1968 3 years ago

      I see comments were posted here ages ago, but I would just like to share my experience with an antibiotic I was put on for a stomach ulcer. It was a combination of 3 at very high mg dose, the 2nd day was my lot. I could not function and had a crying panic attack, I felt out of my own body and I actually wanted to kill myself. I had tummy cramps and severe diarrhea, the gp has now put me on a different antibiotic for Helicobacter Pylori a 7 day course, this is first day of new antibiotics and I have diarrhea already, my body seems to reject any antibiotic given to me. The problem is, if I dont take the medication the ulcer will remain forever. and the ulcer started to give me grief. So do I suffer the antibiotic of not being able to leave my home in fear of diarrhea or what.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      totalsense4u - Hello there. I certainly hope you are much better. Been thinking about you and so happy to hear from you.

      I've heard of Kefir and will pick some up. Be sure to let me know what the Gastro doc has to say about your condition. Thanks and Happy Days!

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      totalsense4u 3 years ago

      Thank you vocalcoach. Another input if I may. Kefir 99% lactose free, 2 glasses a day helps too. Actually taking Flagyl, terrible metallic taste that lingers, I take with the kefir. Solved. No after taste. One concern, why the the GA doc continued the meds with having extreme diarrea. You would think looking at an alternative way/meds to treat. NJ Gastro doc said, wrong meds that sent my bacteria hay wired through out by body. Will update when I see Gastro doc here. Thank you

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      totalsense4u - I'm so happy to hear that you are better now. So easy to become de-hydrated with a case like this. Thank you for sharing your story. This really helps others to be more aware.

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      totalsense4u 3 years ago

      Was given by Medical Doc here in GA. 2 sets of med (amox/clindmycin/omeprazole for H-pylori then went to New Jersey (vacation) and my sons brought me to a Gastro Doc. I was going to the bathroom 10- 14 times a day for 2 months. NJ Gastro doc changed to Flagyl. Within one day, I was feeling so much better and the bathroom issue was diminishing rapidly. OMG! Extremely horrible 3 months. Will find Gastro doc here in GA. and will make sure all meds, if still need them, get a breath test and be on track again with going forward with living a good life.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      It actually took me months before my body entirely healed up. Like Vincent said in his comment just above, eat plenty of yogurt to keep the antibiotics from killing off the good bacteria.

      Lots of luck to you :)

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      Jamie 3 years ago

      I am currently going through the exact same thing. I had to stop taking cipro and flagyl to cure it because they made me more nauseated and dizzy. I finished almost all the antibiotics to cure it but I couldn't miss anymore work so I had to stop taking them. I am feeling much better but I still have some stomach pain and half solid half hard stools. I have a question for you. Did you ever feel back to yourself 100 percent or am I expected to have this intestinal issue the rest of my life on and off? I am trying everything to get my body back to being healthy but at this point it feels like ill never feel normal again. It constantly feels like my body is still trying to heal itself.

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      Becca 4 years ago

      You should have called the doctor on the first day of symptoms... That was not the antibiotics' fault.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Vincent - Great advice! You can be sure I will take pro-biotics next time. I eat plenty of yogurt everyday. So I'm wondering if all yogurt does contain pro-biotics? Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      DBag - I agree with you. It should be standard practice. Thanks!

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      Vincent M. 4 years ago

      im sorry you had to go through all this but truthfully you can prevent the anti biotic from killing those good bacteria by eating lots of yogurt when taking the pill, I have taken many antibiotics because of sinus issues and I know how they work, this shows how stupid your doctor was, this information should have been given to you, but its not all your doctors fault, he didn't know that you were allergic to this medication but again to prevent horrible reactions like this just eat lots of yogurt

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      DBag 4 years ago

      I have only been told once by a doctor to take probiotics. Duh! This should be standard practice. Just take them once a day at least 2 hours before or after the antibiotics and you'll be fine.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      champania - It would be nice if the doctor prescribing antibiotics would remind the patient to take probiotics. Thanks!

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      champania 4 years ago

      it seems that all from Europe are aware to take probiotics

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mcgabbagoo - You don't know how glad I am to read your comments. You have inspired me to find a website for filing a complaint against this drug. I will return here and post a link so that you or other's will do the same.

      It's all about the almighty dollar. Makes me angry and sick! I'm so sorry that you too have had to suffer from the side effects of this dangerous drug. You are 100% right. Something does need to be done about this drug and now!

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      mcgabbagoo 4 years ago

      I know this is an old blog or post. But I have also felt the effects of Clindamycin. I don't want to turn this into a rant forum, But honestly why is Clindamycin still on the market? If so many people have gotten sick! It is a no brainer, The side effects out weigh the benefits, But yet they still have it out there, Is it a money issue? I'm sorry but people need to get back in the lab and create something that won't send people to the ER! I have been suffering with this for almost a year now, Thank.God I don't have it as bad as most, I've been reading up on it and C, Diff has mild to.severe.cases, Mine is mild compared to others, but still very bothersome, I feel sick everyday and the worst part is I have no insurance or spare money to see a.Doctor. and I am only 19, I was prescribed it for a tooth/gum infection and haven't been right ever since. I am upset and.frustrated that nothing is being done to take this off the market.dispite peoples claims to the FDA (I've made mine). Something needs to be done so this doesn't.keep happening.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Linda and Robyn - Thanks so much for your comments. I really appreciate them. Very helpful. Stay well :)

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      Robyn 4 years ago

      well. I,m doing better. unfortunatly, again had to take clindamycin. This time, for preventive, for a cracked tooth. This has been a bad year for me LoL. Well 2012, this was dec. took 10 total, than quit, still getting. intestines back to normal, was sick for twks after . Taking. Pearls yb , and ic. And. tummy tamer capsules, but I,m better tho, hope you,all. feel better also. And happy new year. Robyn

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      Linda 4 years ago

      I use anti-biotics VERY rarely(about once every 5 years) as there are GREAT natural altenatives you can use instead with no side effects. Prior to this I was regularly on a double dose of max. strength antibiotics for 2-3 wks normally for serious cases of septic throat at least 3 times a year.

      At the first sign of any infection I take Bee propalis 1000mg capsules 2x3times daily. It's a totally natural alternative to anti-biotics - it works on problems antibiotics haven't touched. If throat I also gargle with tea tree in warm water.

      I also take Manuka Honey Active 10+ a teaspoon 3 times a day - cured myself of acid reflux using this for 3 months - It CURES you of H. Pylori not just masks the symptoms (and possibly causes hip problems) as the various prazoles do.

      I worked for a major pharmaceutical but when my mother died, sadly from a rare serious interaction from her prescribed diabetes medicine I researched and worked in the holistic field. I researched everything above in detail - in the early days of the www - when you could actually find research papers not adverts. I've told many, many people about the above and helped many come off antibiotics except in exceptional cases when the above fails (they rarely do fail!)

      Hope the above helps some.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Brandi - Thanks. I will look into this product.

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      PARAM ESWARAN 4 years ago

      Health awareness and knowing about our humanbody is our first duty, and right. without it, we got to eat it. Now more and more ppl are becoming alert about food and drugs !

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      Brandi D. 4 years ago

      Vocalcoach, I didn't read all of your posts to the bottom of the page, but if your still suffering with tummy issues, Golden Health Products has an amazing probiotic called Flora Plus (pink and white bottle). I have NEVER found another probiotic as powerful and effective, plus the company is awesome- they always send a hand written thank you on your receipt. :) My daughter started suffering with severe constipation at 3 mths old (tearing, bleeding, shaking, needed physical help getting it out, suppositories...horrible) and nothing helped. We tried everything, even prune juice and avoiding constipating foods. When she was 3 years old, this product was recommended by a naturopath and it changed her problem around in 1 week. It also works for diarrhea, yeast infections and for supporting the immune system! :)

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      Brandi D. 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story! I have just had an allergic reaction to Omnicef (covered in severe hives, leaving my skin feeling burned), have reacted strongly to sulfa antibiotics (caused severe leg pain upon standing...couldn't walk without pain for 5 days) and one other I don't remember that caused anxiety attacks and dizziness to the point I was running into walls when I would walk. I am finally starting to realize antibiotics are bad! Lol! I will certainly be thinking twice before taking them again...

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      louii 4 years ago

      @Cherie, Yes some drugs are used as a bandaid but antibiotics are used to protect you from serious illness that can occur from an infection, fact is if you don't get on a proper antibiotic if infected you can die as well, sucks sometimes some can do the opposite if your allergic, but if you notice symptoms right away you for sure need to call a doctor to get evaluated and get on proper medication. Antibiotics are not opiates and pain relievers they fight infections that can cause death.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Anon - I'm sorry that you have had such a bad time with taking antibiotics. While there are times that we may need to take them, I remain very careful about the type prescribed. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope you remain well.

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      Anon 5 years ago

      i also have a health horror story, and I suspect it was my over-reliance on antibiotics...

      Nine months ago i was going on a trip and sick, so i convinced my doctor to prescribe me antibiotics. I got better. A few weeks later, though, I got sick again... so i got more antibiotics, and was immediately healed. Two weeks later, bam, sick again -- beg my doctor for antibiotics, she wouldn't give prescribe them. I was sick for 2 weeks, so she gave me more. I was healed, but then, you guessed it, sick again two weeks later, same cold-like symptoms. The most I've stayed healthy since the first dosage was one three week period when I got perfect sleep and completely refrained from alcohol. I went out once last weekend, and, bam!, was can't-get-out-of-bed sick. Meanwhile, my roommate goes out every weekend and doesn't get sick. I used to go out 2-3 days a week and rarely got as sick as I do now.

      I've stopped using antibiotics, and take probiotics religiously, but suspect it will take a year of careful sleep management to get back to normal, if ever. I now value health above all else...

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      TexasFilly - I'm so very sorry to hear about what antibiotics have done to you. There should be some kind of a law that requires Doctors to discuss the side affects of drugs. Because there isn't, I have now learned (and so have you) to ask questions. I have also lost trust in my Doctors. I sure hope you will recover quickly. You've been through so much. Thank you for reading my hub and for sharing your experience. It will help others who read your comments. Take good care!

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      TexasFilly 5 years ago

      I've been off work for 3 months and in and out of the hospital twice so far, because of antibiotics. They don't tell you these things, they don't even prepare you for the side effects! I don't trust now even my Doctor that I've been going to for a long time. I question everything he says and does now and it's been 9 shades of hell for me. They just kept putting me on other meds that made me just as sick. I'm still not totally over it, but glad you are!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wayne York - Hi Robyn - I had to giggle about your spelling and the "stupid phone." I feel the same way when I use my phone. So sorry to hear you had so much illness from the anitbiotics. You sure went through alot. I hope by now you are well and feeling fine. Thanks for being here and I hope to see you again - vocalcoach

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      Wayne York 5 years ago

      oops was supposed to say bactrin. you get it, can't spell on this stupid phone lol

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      Wayne York 5 years ago

      I'm so sorry you were sickI also was on antibiotics in June for a urinary tract infection and had to stop the first time because they gave me macrobid and made me sicker of that I was begin with then I bacteria, and was sick from them also, only took them each about ,4days than three days of the other ,so now been sick again like the stomach flu for two weeks and wondering. if its a bug or from stopping the antibiotics. too soon and its affecting my gut now, help. thanks for listening. ps is my husbands. pic, my name is Robyn hi.

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      Barb 5 years ago

      I am going through this right now from antibiotics and hurt so much, I have lots of pain in my side and will have to call the dr. tomorrow, I have been on Probiotics but this last antibiotic really did me in...I know this is what it is cause I went through this a few years ago and when they put me on antibiotic for sinus infection I was a little worried and now this..

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ghost - So you have lived through this with your wife. Very sorry about that. It is no picknic and can be discouraging too. I am just getting over it now and can't begin to tell you how hard it has been. I just want others to never have to go through what I did.

      The next Doctor or Dentist who comes running at me with an antibiotic will never catch me :). Thanks, my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Prasetio - It has been a long time and I am just getting well after taking the antibiotics almost 1 yr ago. I hope others have learn from my hub and will be very careful about antibiotics. Thank you for wishing me well. You always give me the support I need. Blessings to you my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Scribenet - I want to thank you for your support during my illness. Here were are in November and I just this week am beginning to be well again. I have sure learned my lesson!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      jrplaza - Thanks for your comments. And yes, you have permission to share this article. I am hoping it can save someone else from the suffering I went through. BTW - I am just now getting over the side effects!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ubanichiijoke -

      Would you believe I am just this week finally well? Yikes.

      No more antibiotics for this lady! Thanks so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Revlady - I am finally well, after all these months. I doubt that I will ever take an antibiotic again. I want to thank you for your prayers on my behalf. They were answered and I am so very grateful. Blessings to you, dear lady.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      acaetnna - After all these months...I am now well. It was just this week that I finally "kicked" the side-effects of this antibiotic. So thank you so much for wishing me well. Because, now, I am!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      glowingrocks - Better late then never. I have no idea why it has taken so long to find these comments on this hub. Thank you so much! I will be visiting your area soon!

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      jrplaza 6 years ago

      Yes, I do agree with this. My sister actually have the same problem with too much antibiotics and thanks that she did cope up. Before taking meds, precautions are important and best to consult the doctor. Thanks for sharing this post and would you mind if I feature this one on my website Always10 - Top 10 List.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      You must be well by now - Thank God. The information passed is well received. Be well

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hopson - You bring a good point to the table. I will research this. I would really like to know the answer. Thanks so much and appreciate your good wishes.

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      Hopson 6 years ago

      :) thankfully it's all over now :) I just want to share something. We do know probiotics is important when we're on antibiotics, but it's also important when to take the probiotics. I just thought that maybe when you take probiotics too soon (or too late) after having your antibiotics will just cancel out each other.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Christine - I want to thank you for sharing with me. I only recently have begun to see some improvement. I sure hope that my storie has helped someone else. You must see so much, working in a doctors office. Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ashantina - I really do appreciate your comments, and you are right. The natural, herbal, is the way to go. I no longer, have the same level of trust for the medical profession that I once did. Take good care, my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Fossillady - Sorry about this over-due response to you comment. Can you believe, I am still fighting this infection after all this time? I hope enough people read about clindamycin and refuse it, if offered. Thank you for hangin' in there with me. Blessings and peace to you, dear one.

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Oh my goodness, what a terrible experience you had! Im sorry to hear that you had to go threw that tourture! My stomach began to gurlgle when I finished this. I work at a doctors office and I get to see alot of people that devolop Cdiff after taking antibotics. It breaks my heart seeing people go threw pain. But I am happy to hear that your doing better.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Amy, I really like reading your comments. You seem to know a lot about this. I am still sick, weeks later after writing this hub. One thing has led to another and I am beginning to wonder if I will ever have my good health back again.

      I want to give you the name of the probiotics my Specialist is giving to me. Colon Health probiotics by phillips. Thanks, dear Amy for leaving your wonderful comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      fastfreda - I wrote this hub in the first part of march, and I am still fighting the same symptoms. Very, very frustrating. I will read you hub on candida and google also. I would love to chat with you on FB. If you can find me, let me know. :) Thank you so much for your very good and informative comments. Blessings to you, my friend. vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Stixxie - This is so frustrating. I still have it and last night had to go to emergency for dehydration. Seeing a specialist today. I'm not so sure that I can stand 6 months of this. Om the positive side - am losing weight. :) Thanks for the information.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Clindamycin is notorious for causing colon problems. It seems to be the Rx of choice for all dental infections due to it's ability to penetrate difficult dense areas. The general side effects for most antibiotics is diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Usually this side effects fall under the category as "common". So, it wasn't stupidity that prevented you from calling the doc. If you had he probably would have told you to take Imodium and let him know if the symptoms worsened, which is the direction you took when you knew you had to!

      Thank you for the info on Probiotics. I am going to check out your link as I take Pentasa for an autoimmune disease that now affects my small bowel. Despite the numerous meds I take, I still have my days! Probiotics won't hurt. Great read on a subject that is, unfortunately, becoming more common.

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      Stixxie 6 years ago

      Hope your feeling better. I contracted c-diff last year from an antibiotic. It took 6 months and 4 rounds of flatly to get rid of it. I just had a root canal and now need an antibiotic for infection. I know I need to treat the infection but now I'm scared to take anything.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      timorous - Such good advice! If I had only known all of this before taking the first antibotic. Clearly, we must and I mean absolutely must, take responsibility for our own bodies. Thank you tim. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      hello, hello - The more I study the effects of antibiotics, the more I realize its best to stay away from them. Glad you realize this. Thank you my friend, and very glad to see you back. Stay well. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Denise - The nurse was very young (no excuse.) This must really irritate you. I wish you could have been my nurse.

      I am now finished with the meds prescribed for me and feeling much, much better. Still not 100%, but that will come in time. Thank you for your compassion and support.

      Now, I am on my way to read your first hub challenge for April. :) vocalcoach

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Audrey, I am so sorry you had to go through this horrible experience. I'm grateful you are on the mend. My gosh, that must have been so frightening.

      I'm also appalled, once more, at the apparent ignorance and insensitivity of that E.R. nurse. Yours is about the sixth hub I've read that has shown negative images of nursing staff who have been detached and unaware of what the patient is going through. I'm embarrassed that she is part of the profession that I am involved in.

      Take care of yourself. Big Hug...(((())))

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mojefballa - I am so glad that you read this hub. You should always know the side effects of any anibiotics your Dr. prescribes for you. Thank you for wishing me well. I really appreciate that, my new friend. :)vocalcoach

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Great advice for all who underestimate the power of antibiotics.I love and learnt a lot of lessons from you story because i use to think that nor matter how you take antibiotics its always not harmful but an sorry for the cramps you experienced and also happy you well now.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Betty - Yep - Clindamycin! It is a puzzle to me, why Doctors prescribe it without warning patients of the side effects. I am still not well and it is going on 4 weeks. Glad to be able to share and warn others about this RX. :)vocalcoach

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      I also stay well clear of antibiotics. Nobody beliefs me because I don't rashes of ichting but my brain gets all numb. Gosh, that must have been frightening. Take care and all the best.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Tamarajo - OMG - How frightening is that? I, now, do not trust any meds at all and intend to keep as far away from anitbiotics as possible. I am still ill, though much better, And, I am with you!!! Thanks :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Chatkath - It's kind of comforting to know that I am not the only one who fails to speak up for myself...however, as I sit here (still nauseated) I plan to change all that. :) Isn't it ashame that our high level of trust in others, especially the medical/dental field, is quickly deflated because of bad experiences like this? Thanks, my friend, for your support and well wishes. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Peg - Hello, my friend. Yes, I reported this to my dentist and my doctor, however, little sympathy and no apology was offered. The dentist said he knows about the side effects and did not sound to me as though he was the least bit sorry. Like you, I will not be taking any meds any time soon! :)vocalcoach

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      timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

      OMG vocalcoach. You really were singin' the blues. I'm so sorry. I also avoid pharmaceuticals whenever possible. I've had a couple of dental procedures that required antibiotics. In each case it was Amoxycillin (penicillin). This is much safer than the newer drugs. Also, I was never prescribed anti-biotics 'before' the procedure. The pain is usually relieved by the proper dental procedure itself. It is only 'after' the procedure that the anti-biotic may be necessary, and only if regular pain relievers are not effective after 2 or 3 days. In other words...anti-biotic as a last resort.

      I'm happy to hear that you are on the mend, my dear.

      We all need to proceed with caution. Be an informed consumer, read as much as you can about these drugs before you use them. Remember, those 'side effects' are really the 'main' effects. It's time to take back control of your own body.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      This article is exactly why I don't take antibiotics any more. I developed intestinal candida from too many antibiotics, for tooth problems. I am especially afraid of the new strain of antibiotics, and won't take them, even when prescribed. I had one that said that it could cause death, I read that after taking the first one, I proceeded to flush the rest, and suffer in silence, until my homeopathic remedy kicked in.

      I'm glad you came out okay, but take heed, intestinal candida can be a downside of antibiotics. Google candida, and check out the symptoms and be on the lookout for them later. By the way I wrote about my experience with candida, here on HubPages. Voted up/useful/awesome! I also liked it to share with my Facebook friends.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Scary stuff, prescription drugs - I am reluctant to take anything other than Aspirin or Excedrin when I have a major migraine headache.

      So sorry you had this awful experience and I do hope you told your dentist and endodontist about it. They need to be aware of the effects of the prescriptions they write. Hoping you're so much better now. Blessings, Peg

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      I am so sorry you went through this vocal coach! I am the same way about not saying anything, like you don't want to bother anyone as you are suffering in unbearable agony! I have heard of this happening but your Hub provides useful information to others about antibiotics and the real dangers! I am glad you are feeling better and are ok. Thank you for sharing this!!!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      What an awful experience!!

      I was once given a new fangled anti biotic for pneumonia. I woke up in the middle of the night with a delayed vision experience it was like everything was seen in delayed motion.

      I quickly switched as this was so disturbing later to discover that people had died from as little as one dose from it. It was toxic to the liver.

      I am super suspicious of new meds.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      Clindamycin?! I know someone who developed the same problem with Clindamycin (except not as severe.) Sounds like the docs who prescribe it should insist on probiotics at the same time. Thanks for sharing your experience so that the rest of us are forewarned.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      amillar - I agree with you...after this bad experience. I doubt that I will be in any hurry to take any medications in the future. Thanks for reading my hub and for your worth while comments. :)vocalcoach

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You are brave and thoughtful to share a delicate subject...I'm glad you're feeling better and thank you for reminding us how vulnerable we can be...take care sweet lady

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      philzgrill - How right you are. Perhaps "speaking up for myself" is the powerful lesson I have learned from this. Thank you, so much! :)vocalcoach