Taking antibiotics can cause vaginal yeast infections. It’s because while killing the bacteria that cause infection in your body, they also change the vaginal pH to less acidic, killing the friendly bacteria which help prevent vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
Antibiotics can also contribute to formation of Candida species resistant to common antifungal medication, such as Candida galbrata. Some antibiotics have been shown to be more yeast infection inducing than others:
Based on this research, I came up with a list of the antibiotics you should try to avoid and those that seem safer in terms of Candida colonization. Discuss with your doctor which antibiotics would be best for you and if it’s possible to switch to a safer alternative (it may not always be possible).
Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Baktrim, Sulfatrim)
Clindamycin (Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric, Cleocin Phosphate)
Colistin (Coly-mycin M.)
Metronidazole (Flagyl, Metryl, Protostat)
Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Amoxicot, Biomox, Dispermox, Moxatag, Moxilin, Trimox, Wymox)
Erythromycin (E.E.S. Granules, EryPed 200, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin Stearate Filmtab, PCE Dispertab)
Tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Panmycin, Sumycin)
If you want to avoid getting a vaginal yeast infection while on antibiotic treatment, make sure you try to replenish the good bacteria in your body. You can do it in three ways:
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Multiple Lactic Acid Bacteria and Bifidobacteria Strains
It’s worth to think twice and consider other options before taking antibiotics and only take them when absolutely necessary. According to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, in England alone one in four antibiotic prescriptions are issued unnecessarily.
Antibiotics can seriously affect your bacterial flora, leading not only to all sorts of yeast infections, but also IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and antibiotic resistance in future. While on antibiotics, follow the advice above and hopefully you’ll be able to avoid a vaginal yeast infection .
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My name is Kams and I'm passionate about researching health related topics. I created this website for Candida sufferers looking for reliable information about yeast infection treatments. I hope that through my articles I'll help you make the best decisions regarding your health and get rid of Candida for good.
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