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The trouble with antibiotics

By: Susan E. Farrell, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Most people are aware of the potential downsides of taking an antibiotic. These side effects can range from allergic reactions to stomach upset, diarrhea, mental confusion, and in some cases, Clostridium difficile colitis painful colon inflammation caused by a disruption in the normal balance of bacteria in the large intestine. …

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