At Mill Valley Care Center, we work hard to prevent infections.  When needed, we help the physicians determine if antibiotics are appropriate.  Anytime antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects.  When antibiotics are not needed, they won’t help you, but the side effects can still hurt you.

Common side effects of antibiotics include:

More serious side effects include:

  • Clostridium difficile infection (also called C. diff), which causes diarrhea that can lead to severe colon damage and death.
  • Severe and life-threatening allergic reactions.

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Remember, antibiotics can save lives, and when appropriately used the benefits outweigh the risks.  For further questions or concerns, please call the facility.