It’s common knowledge that antibiotics come in the company of side effects. Excess use of these can culminate in health concerns. For instance, antibiotics can disturb the bacterial composition in our gut. Consequently, they can affect our digestive health.

Therefore, it is always advised that the limited the use of antibiotics, the better. In this regard, these shouldn’t be taken without an infection. However, findings from the latest survey paint a different picture from what is medically suggested. It shows the antibiotics are often prescribed without an infection.

Other times, they are also prescribed without an in-office patient visit. These findings were presented at IDWeek 2018, an annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

The survey reveals that one-half of all the antibiotics-related prescriptions are made without an infection-related diagnosis. Moreover, 1 in 5 prescriptions is issued without a patient’s visit to the doctor. All this reveals that the use of antibiotics is becoming “cavalier.”

Excess or misuse of antibiotics can lead to what is known as antibiotic resistance. In such a case, the bacteria that are acted upon by antibiotics become resistant to the medication that is designed to kill them. Consequently, the medicine (antibiotic) can’t help a person by much.

Antibiotics can also interact with other drugs. Moreover, they can result in diarrhea and can occasionally cause an infection name C.difficile. Hence, if you are taking antibiotics without a prescription, you may be taking a medicine that is doing you more harm than good.

Conclusively, this survey has opened up a new cause for concerns. In a nutshell, let’s look at the side of antibiotics including abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, bloating and indigestion. It is best to find natural remedies for common health concerns such as flu. Only in the last resort should you visit a doctor and use antibiotics, respectively.