Serious side effects from commonly prescribed antibiotics
According to health experts, antibiotics are also used against diseases against which they are completely ineffective. However, caution is also advisable in the case of diseases that can be treated with such drugs. Because some of these agents lead to dangerous side effects.
Antibiotics are prescribed far too often
Although the number of antibiotic resistances continues to rise and is repeatedly called not to use such drugs in large numbers, doctors in Germany often prescribe antibiotics only on suspicion. Some of the commonly prescribed antibiotics can lead to dangerous side effects. As part of an EU-wide procedure, the risks of some antibiotics are now to be re-evaluated, reports the Stiftung Warentest on its website. It is about drugs from the group of quinolones, which help effectively against certain bacteria.
Physical and mental side effects
According to Stiftung Warentest, quinolones are currently the fourth most commonly prescribed antibiotic.
However, these drugs can cause serious side effects such as tendon rupture, skin and nerve damage, mental health problems such as panic attacks, anxiety, confusion, and depression.
Some of these symptoms persist even when the drug is stopped.
Experts have been drawing attention to this problem for some time. In 2016, strict warnings for the funds were published in the USA. Now the European Medicines Agency will also deal with it.
For simple infections, home remedies are usually enough
For a long time, the experts at Warentest have only rated the product as suitable for special serious pneumonia and bladder infections - if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
Simple home remedies can often help with more harmless infections such as bronchitis or sinus infections.
Among other things, a high fluid intake is important. Nasal irrigation or inhalation are usually also effective.
If antibiotics have to be used, other means are preferable to quinolones, writes the Stiftung Warentest. Anyone who still takes quinolones and detects side effects should talk to a doctor about it. (ad)