When you are suffering from a bacterial infection, antibiotics are one of the most reliable ways to ensure quick relief. They go to work quickly in the body and can make you feel better within a few days.

If you are on other medications, though you always have to be cautious about drug interactions to avoid any unnecessary or dangerous side effects. That is why it is so important to get a proper diagnosis and prescription with us at AFC Urgent Care Mooresville! Read on to learn more about how antibiotics react inside your body.

Can Infections Become More Severe As You Get Older?

The older you get, the weaker your immune system can become. That can make you more vulnerable to illnesses like infections!

Contracting an infection can also be more dangerous, as your body may have a harder time fighting it on its own. In these cases, an antibiotic is a great way to prevent serious illness.

Infections Where Antibiotics Are Useful

  • UTI (urinary tract infection)
  • Skin infections like MRSA
  • Ear or sinus infections
  • Bacterial pneumonias

Do I Need to Be Worried About Mixing My Medications?

You should always come see us to get an appropriate prescription and to discuss any potential interactions between your medications. Some antibiotics make other medications less effective, or they can make certain situations more dangerous to you!

For example, if you take blood-thinning medications, an antibiotic like cephalosporin can increase your chance of bleeding. If you are on a contraceptive pill, antibiotics can actually make the pill less effective and leave you vulnerable. In any instance, seeking a medical provider’s guidance will ensure you are being safe and taking your medications in the proper way.

Possible Antibiotic Interactions

  • Alcohol
  • 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 AFC Urgent Care Mooresville!