CAIRO, Oct. 1 (SEE)- Taking medication in the wrong way can lead to severe side effects. For instance, antibiotics can cause side effects if combined with alcohol, including vomiting, skin flushing, headache, dizziness, and an irregular heartbeat.
Sada El-Balad English (SEE) explains the proper way to use Over-the-Counter Medicines (OTC).
-Cataflam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which is used to treat pain, and symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. This drug passes into breast milk and can cause bloated stomach, vomiting, colic, and swelling for babies.
-Alphintern has a synergistic, anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous action of two potent proteolytic enzymes. Doctors advise taking the medication 1 hour before a diet or two hours after it since, the proteins in the food will degrade instead of that causing the tumor.
-Augmentin, also known as co-amoxiclav, is an antibiotic useful for the treatment of bacterial infections. If the medication is left unrefrigerated, it may expire instantly.
-Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections and may cause severe diarrhea in some cases. Patients receiving treatment may become more sensitive to sunlight. Exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods of time, may cause severe sunburn, skin rash, redness, and itching.
-Ibuprofen is a medication in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug class used for treating pain, fever, and inflammation. Doctors advise avoiding aspirin along with Profen as it can block the blood-thinning effects of it.
-Sulfa drugs were the first chemical substances systematically used to treat and prevent bacterial infections in humans. Doctors recommend the patient to drink plenty of water to help limit some of the medicine’s side effects.