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Bacterial ‘striptease’ evades antibiotics

Bacteria have been caught “stripping off” in order to evade antibiotics and survive, scientists show. Researchers at Newcastle University filmed bacteria “undressing” and taking off their outer layer – or cell wall. Antibiotics can attack cell walls so scientists think this is a new form of drug resistance and could explain why some infections keep […]


Antibiotics and Pregnancy: What’s Safe?

Is it safe to take antibiotics during pregnancy? Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed during pregnancy. The specific medication must be chosen carefully, however. Some antibiotics are OK to take during pregnancy, while others are not. Safety depends on various factors, including the type of antibiotic, when in your pregnancy you […]


Antibiotics and Alcohol

What are the effects of drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics? Answer From James M. Steckelberg, M.D. Antibiotics and alcohol can cause similar side effects, such as stomach upset, dizziness, and drowsiness. Combining antibiotics and alcohol can increase these side effects. A few antibiotics—such as metronidazole (Flagyl), tinidazole (Tindamax), and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)—should not be mixed […]