Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics - Antibiotics and their Side Effects when used for Urinary Tract Infections

Antibiotics and their Side Effects when used for Urinary Tract Infections

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About Antibiotics and their Side Effects when used for Urinary Tract Infections

Most people, when they suffer their first few episodes of cystitis, go for a medical cure - in other words, antibiotics. And at first, the antibiotics can be very effective, especially if you have never had cystitis before. However, with every additional infection, that particular antibiotic is likely to become less effective, as the bacterium builds up resistance. (The solution is to use Waterfall D-Mannose, a completely natural cure available from

Why do antibiotics build up resistance

You can't totally get rid of E.coli from the body. The bacterium that do remain after antibiotic treatment are naturally resistant to the antibiotic that failed to kill them - that's why they are still there. When they next come to multiply in your urinary tract, they put up a tougher battle, will probably need a bigger dose to kill them, and those that remain alive are tougher still. Every time you have another episode of cystitis, therefore, it tends to be worse that the time before, and then you have a real dilemma. Doctors who are wary of prescribing antibiotics are unlikely to want to give you a more powerful dose, and so they assist the E.coli in developing resistance, until the usual antibiotics like Trimethoprim will no longer work. Meanwhile, your episodes of cystitis last longer and longer, and they are likely to begin causing kidney damage, and a lot of persistent pain.

At this point, you are likely to change doctors, until you find someone who will prescribe more powerful broad-spectrum antibiotics to try to solve the problem. And at first these will work. However, the wily E.coli continues its process of resistance until stronger and stronger broad-spectrum antibiotics are required to kill the infections, and these cause their own particular problems.

Note: proper investigation of serious UTI's involves testing cultures of the bacteria found in the urine against a variety of antibiotics, both in isolation and combination, to find the most effective narrow spectrum antibiotic or combination. However, this test is much more costly than simply prescribing broad spectrum antibiotics, and so the tests are rarely performed. In most cases, urine tests for UTI infection simply involve identifying the infection, and the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that is known to be effective against that particular bacterium, in a non-resistant form. This, however, takes no account of bacterial resistance.

Mohamed H. Dahir - Chairman pharmaceutical Association of Somaliland, The Dangers of Indomethacin:

"If a bacterium is responsible, it is extremely important for the doctor to know which specific bug is causing the trouble so that he can treat it with the right drug. Using a broad-spectrum antibiotic is a cop-out. It is the lazy way to do medicine, since it allows the doctor to cut out the time necessary to do a proper laboratory work-up and diagnosis."

Side effects

The stronger the antibiotic you take, as a general rule, the worse the side effects. The side effects of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and in particular Fluoroquinolone based antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin can include, but are not limited to the following:

Cardiovascular Heart attack, heart murmur, palpitations, angina, cerebral thrombosis, sudden death on first dose.
Nervous System Convulsive seizures, psychosis, depression, hallucinations, paranoia, insomnia, nightmares, dizziness.
Gastrointestinal Liver failure, jaundice, gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, burst intestine, vomiting, constipation.
Muscles and Bones Tendon seizure, tendon bursting and ripping, jaw, arm or back pain, joint stiffness, neck and chest pain, aching all over, gout.
Kidneys and Urinary Tract Kidney failure, calcification in kidneys, urethral bleeding, severe thrush, vaginitis.
Lungs Respiratory arrest, blood clotting in lungs, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema (lung collapse), hiccough.
Skin/Hypersensitivity: Anaphylactic shock, skin sloughing (falling off), dermatitis, skin death, vasculitis, angioedema, swelling of the lips, eyes, or face, fever, chills, going purple.
Sensory disturbances: Blurred vision, eye pain, disturbed vision, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, involuntary eye movements, damaged sense of taste.

Immune system effects

When you take antibiotics, your immune system can become weakened, meaning that you are more prone to infection than before you took the antibiotics. So the infection may be killed, but you get reinfected easily. When this is combined with reinfection with a more resistant strain of the bacterium that caused the original infection, it can be very difficult to deal with.

Broad spectrum antibiotics are more likely to damage your immune system, so as time goes on, and you become infected with more and more resistant strains of (usually) E.coli, you find it not only harder to fight off each infection, but harder to prevent yourself becoming reinfected. Eventually, no matter what you do, even if you are clean to the point of obsession, like almost everyone who has suffered repeated episodes of cystitis, you still get infected. This is often because the bacteria have been living in your gut or urinary tract, just waiting for your immune system to be at its lowest, allowing it to breed rapidly and take over your body once again.

Wipe from front to back No wonder you want to say to the doctor, "Listen pal, you could safely eat your dinner off my bottom! My infection has nothing to do with my personal hygiene."


The stronger the antibiotic, as a rule, the worse the episode of thrush you get afterwards. Eventually, the thrush can become as persistent and almost as painful as the cystitis, because the fungus builds up resistance to the treatments you use against it. (Waterfall D-Mannose, incidentally, does not cause thrush, because it flushes away the infection rather than killing the bacterium.)

Symptoms of Vasculitis

Vasculitis of varying levels of severity is one of the listed side effects of some broad spectrum antibiotics commonly used for the treatment of cystitis. It is caused by immune reaction that can disrupt DNA and RNA, and put white blood cells on the attack against your own body. Lupus-like effects are common.

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

Skin Red or purple dots, usually most numerous on the legs. When the spots are larger, about the size of the end of a finger, they are called "purpura." Some look like large bruises. These are the most common vasculitis skin lesions, but hives, itchy lumpy rash, and painful or tender lumps can occur. Areas of dead skin can appear as ulcers, small black spots appear at the ends of the fingers or around the fingernails and toes, or you may get gangrene of fingers or toes.
Joints Aching in joints and obvious arthritis with pain, swelling and heat in joins. Deformities resulting from this arthritis are rare.

Brain Vasculitis in the brain can cause many problems, from mild to severe . They include headaches, behavioural disturbances, confusion, seizures, and strokes. May be fatal.
peripheral Nerves peripheral nerve symptoms may include numbness and tingling (usually in an arm or a leg, or in areas which would be covered by gloves or socks), loss of sensation or loss of strength, particularly in the feet or hands.

Intestines Vasculitis can cause inadequate blood flow in the intestines, resulting in crampy abdominal pain and bloating. If areas in the wall of the intestine develop gangrene, blood will appear in the stool. If the intestinal wall develops a perforation, surgery may be required.
Heart Vasculitis may affect the coronary arteries. If it occurs, it can cause a feeling of heaviness in the chest during exertion (angina), which is relieved by rest. Heart attacks rarely occur as a direct result of vasculitis.

Lungs Vasculitis in lung tissue can cause pneumonia-like attacks with chest x-ray changes that look like pneumonia, and symptoms of fever and cough. Occasionally, inflammation can lead to scarring of lung tissue with chronic shortness of breath.
Eyes Vasculitis can involve the small blood vessels of the retina. Sometimes, vasculitis of the eyes causes no symptoms. Usually, however, there is visual blurring which comes on suddenly and stays, or a person may even lose a portion of their vision. In temporal arteritis, there is sudden loss of part or all of the vision in one eye, usually accompanied by severe headache.

If all this frightens you, we are not surprised. Thousands of people are damaged by these dangerous drugs every day, and people are being used as experimental subjects in order for doctors to compile statistics. That's why we have made Waterfall D-Mannose available in the UK. Just type D-Mannose UK into Google, or go straight to, to find us.

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