What to Do About Antibiotic Side Effects?

What to Do About Antibiotic Side Effects?
Published on, 23 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Nopporn Apiwattanakul and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor


I've had strep throat several times lately and my recent throat culture showed MRSA. My doctor prescribed different antibiotics, but I'm experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, and chest pain after taking them. What should I do about these concerns?


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.




1. Adverse Reactions: The symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and chest pain may indicate adverse reactions to the antibiotics prescribed.


2. Ineffective Treatment: It's possible that the antibiotics aren't effectively treating the MRSA infection, leading to persistent symptoms.




1. Consider Stopping Antibiotics: If you don't have symptoms of sore throat, it may be prudent to stop taking antibiotics, especially considering the adverse reactions you're experiencing. Not all sore throats are caused by bacteria, and antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections.


2. Seek Medical Guidance: Given the severity of your symptoms and concerns, reaching out to your doctor immediately is crucial. They can evaluate your symptoms, provide personalized advice, and determine whether a different antibiotic or treatment approach is necessary.




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