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Concomitant antibiotic therapy

Concomitant antibiotic therapy

In Germany there are about 250 different antibiotics on the market. In terms of chemical structures and effects, they belong to very different groups of preparations. Originally, the term antibiotics was used to denote naturally occurring substances produced by fungi or bacteria that inhibit the growth of other microorganisms (bacteriostatic effect) or kill them (bactericidal effect) even at low concentration.

Chemotherapeutic agents, by contrast, are synthetically produced substances that have an antibacterial effect. They do not occur in nature. The boundaries partially blur in modern medicine. For example, the archetypical antibiotic – penicillin – can also be produced fully synthetically today.

Antibiotics that are effective against many different bacteria are referred to as broad-spectrum antibiotics. Narrow-spectrum antibiotics, by contrast, are effective only against one or a few microbes.

Under antibiotic therapy, allergies and gastrointestinal complaints may occur. Other side effects depend on the kind of the antibiotic used. Because of the risk of resistance development, an antibiotic therapy should never be started or stopped without medical advice.

Often the intestinal flora is damaged and partially destroyed by antibiotic therapy.

Antibiotics are life-saving, but in most cases they have a side effect: in addition to the disease-causing germs, they also destroy the beneficial bacteria living in our intestines.

The intestine is the largest defence organ in our body. A part of this defence organ is formed by the intestinal wall itself. It provides a protective shield difficult to penetrate for external bacteria. It also contains an important part of the immune system.

Fortunately, the intestinal flora can recover often, but not always. Very often there are lasting after-effects after antibiotic or radiotherapy. Then diarrhoea occurs frequently. Such symptoms may persist for months or years, a sign that the intestinal flora has not been fully restored.

For this reason, already during and after antibiotic therapy Colibiogen® should be taken in order to restore the intestinal mucosa quickly.

Please note, however, that this information does not replace a detailed discussion with your doctor. Some information may also cause unnecessary fears. Please talk to your doctor about such concerns. And we explicitly encourage you to ask your doctor your questions, even very personal questions that cannot be answered by this information.

Please read the patient information leaflet carefully. If you have any further questions after reading it, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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