Antibiotics are important medicines. In many cases, they start to work within two to three days and get people “back to normal” in a couple more. They work because they’re picked for each patient by the doctor: the chosen antibiotic matches with the type of infection and bacteria, and the patient’s health.
Potential Side Effects
Medicines like antibiotics can have side effects. Upset or sore stomach and loose stools are common complaints and do not mean you are allergic to them. If symptoms persist after finishing the antibiotics, or if you develop a rash or severe diarrhea, see your doctor right away.
Potential Allergic Reactions
Hives, rashes or trouble breathing may mean you are allergic to the type of antibiotic you are taking. You should seek medical advice as soon as possible.