(Closed) The use of antibiotics in the United States

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Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Besides the overuse of antibiotics, does anyone have opinions on strong antibiotics? Cipro, perhaps… Hope I’m not the only crazy one! Haha

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

And all I hear from this are excuses about ‘time’ and ‘easy’, which is an even sadder commentary on the state of medicine.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
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Not to add another controversy, but this corresponds to vaccines in my mind – it’s just the reverse scenario: antibiotics are overused; vaccines are being underused. It not only scares me, it makes me angry. I don’t want to get sick or die or have my future children get sick and die because some parents refuse to listen to science and insist on uneccessary antibiotics. They’re not healing their kids, and they’re increasing the risk for everyone else! 

I don’t know if I’m the only one is this thread so far who depends on an antibiotic for day-to-day health (I have to take a low-dose one every time I have sex), but it’s something to worry about for those of us, too. That low-dose drug may be controlling the bacteria that keep making me sick; but what if it’s strengthening the other (bad) bacteria in me? And if it stops working someday, that will be a major problem.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
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@MichiganGirl24:  Correct. There is a medication called Tamiflu  tho that does stop the virus from replicating and shortens duration of the flu.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
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Heck yeah, this is a concern to me. I’m on a clinical drug trial for a chronic autoimmune disease. The drug I recieve is currently on-label for kidney transplant recipients. 

 

I’m an immunosupressed person. Many patients’ general refusal to engage their critical thinking skills could quite literally be the death of me. I’m 33 and on most days feel great, but the reality is I’m quite vulnerable. 

 

Everytime I walk into that hospital for my monthly injection I feel a twinge of nervousness – not because I hate needles or the sight of blood or the smell of alcohol. It’s because I know I’ve just walked into Grand Central Station for any number of nasties that would love to hitch a ride with me.

 

The classic assumption that hospital deaths happen in the elderly due to run-of-the-mill opportunistic infections contracted at the close of their three score and ten (or twenty) does not reflect the changing reality that I’d rather not become the face of. I’m not consumed with this thought. Health anxiety is not a part of my day to day life. But to not acknowledge the risk for myself and people like me is increasing would be a bit naive. 

Post # 28
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Worker bee
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@cls9q:  Overuse of Cipro is one of the main reasons we changed our reporting guidelines. It was being used far too often by doctors and we were starting to see increased resistance to it, so its use has now been resicted in our hospital and we in the lab no longer release the sensitivity results for it. They will only get those results in special cases. It’s a very useful drug, so we are hoping by restricting it, it will remain useful for longer.

 

 

 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
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@pogmi:  An RN gave me Cipro for a UTI/kidney infection (I had never had a UTI before and am irregular as it isnt painful at all. I told her I was peeling all the time.. So she tested me for diabetes and said I was fine! I came back a few days later because I knew absolutely something was wrong, and by then my kidney was affected. Her fault IMO… Diabetes test but not UTI?) Anyways I hated Cipro. My muscles ached like crazy and I had terrible anxiety/nightmares. I have never had issues with any of those things before. I returned asking for new medication and she gave me hell. She was so against giving me a more mild antibiotic. Thankfully the main Dr came in and smoothed everything over. 

 

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