antibiotics and side effects

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lyner

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antibiotics and side effects
« on: 07/03/2008 21:46:51 »
On the very rare occasions that I take a course of antibiotics I notice that they tend to make me very drowsy.  Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a reason (medics please help)?

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antibiotics and side effects
« Reply #1 on: 08/03/2008 02:21:24 »
Just to play devil's advocate, how do you exclude the idea that whatever it is that you are taking the antibiotics for is making you drowsy?
I know that when I'm under the weather I get tired easily.
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« Reply #2 on: 08/03/2008 11:30:22 »
Good point but I seldom bother to visit the Doctor and usually see a minor illness through to self-limiting; I never get this particular sort of effect then. It's not just like feeling generally knackered etc; it's more of  a specific 'dozy' feeling. This constitutes a reasonable 'control' for my observations, I think. Onset of this particular feeling always seems to correlate with starting the antibiotic course - within the first two or three doses.
Antibiotics do / can have pretty impressive effects on gut bacteria, I'm told but I have never experienced any of them - I have relatively iron-guts as they say.
This occasion involved an inflamed eye which didn't make me feel particularly bad - it was just a nuisance and I visited the Doctor as a preventative measure. The feeling only came on the day after my visit.