I've been the one to be like CW - take them fine the first few days, then maybe take them after that. The problem is, when you do that you kill off your good guys. We all have good bacteria in our systems. It's what helps break down the food and get it int the form our body needs in order to distribute the food to the right places, bla, bla, bla.
So when you take a presciption antibio - you not only kill the bad bacteria, because let's face it, the meds don't know to go to your backache or your headache, they go all through you system and do the same to everything inside you that they do for what you took it for. You can't kill one group of bacteria - you kill them all.
So now the doctor says, take these antibios for 7 days, twice a day. "Sure!" You take them for 3 days or so. You kill off a few million, which includes the good guys you need plus some of the bad guys. Then you scew around, save them for later in case it comes back again, or for whatever reason and boom! You get another infection. Actually - all you did was cause the bad ones to out gun the good ones and take over. It's not another infection, it's the original you've boosted in to overdrive or hyperdrive if you're a trekie. Treky? One of those people that loves Star Trek!
So, Please! I'm begging all you "take-it-till-you-feel-better" people. Take all of it follow the rules, read the manual that comes from the pharmacy and set a clock to make sure you take them at the same time every day, like 7am and 7pm if you take them 2 times a day, or whatever. But stop screwing up your system by doing the antibios helter skelter because you're playing with a bomb. Litrally. I'm not kidding, and I'm not trying to scare you - well, yes I am because this is serious. You're taking something that will change your system in a negative way and you can change it so much that you can end up in the hospital, which will cause you to be taking more antibios via IV and costing your wallet a lot more money and your time is not going to be your own as you will be tethered to an IV bottle and stand.
When you are all done taking the bomb - make sure you reload your system with healthy bacteria by consuming some active culture yogurt. If you don't like yougurt, I think there is something in a pill form that is an active culture, but I'm not positive because I like yogurt enough to buy it and take it after I kill my bacterias.
I am on a antibio right now. I've been taking them for 4 days, twice a day. These things are as large as horse pills. When I first got them I remembered the original ANDROMEDA and the one female scientist - don't know her stage name or the name of the part she played, held up a pill like a rocket in her figers and said, "Are we supposed to swallow these or - " and she raised it up and down like you might insert it somewhere.
Mine are the kind you swallow and I do, twice a day at the same time everyday. No more messing around with the things as I used to. Once I learned what I was doing inside, I sstopped messing with them. It is not fun - for a long time - when you have to pay the gosh darn outrageous hospital bill, wish you could just die and be done with it, and go through months of problems because you didn't follow the rules or even think about the rules on the bomb you were handling.
To put it in a more perfect way - if you were handed a wooden box with a yellow label on it that indicated radioactive - what would you do with it? Open it, throw it away, set it down and run away from it, shake it, give it to someone else, or take it to a safer place and lock it up and then call the authorities? I hope it isn't the first four options, but the last. Radiactive items are so well packed you can't get radiated from them unless you hug the thing for a very long period of time. But the point is treat the antibios the same way, The safest place for them is in your system on time every time. Doing anything else is just not smart.
Okay - Mom is through talking, but please consider what I've said, take it to heart, or in this case, to the stomach and follow the rules to the letter. It will save you - period.
Made it to Charleston SC and I'm in the Sheraton right now. Very nice place. We got upgraded to the penthouse floor, the penthouse club and all the penthouse benes. Talk about swamp people playing like highrollers. We couldn't get the elevator to take us to the top floor where our room is. Finally, we noticed a slot above the floor buttons. We slid a key in, watched the lights flash and I pushed the floor button. Doors closed, elevator rose and the doors opened on our floor. Good Grief Charlie Brown! Swamp People! You'd think we never rode in an elevator before. i was considering how to get the luggage up the stairs. Duh!
Ended up pulling something wrong and now my sciatica has kicked in again. Aren't I going to be in great shape to go see a museum or two, a harbor tour, or a horse drawn carriage trip to a plantation mansion - if I can find one! May wait to do all that some other time when I can walk again. Next time, Pat - don't lift a thing - you'll be safer!
Have a great one and I'll be back from the swamp - I mean the penthouse tomorrow - they have free wifi here. It's great!