Drug Concentrations Theophylline quickly equilibrates plasma and milk. Peak milk levels occur 1 to 3 hours after immediate-release product oral intake and virtually immediately after intravenous delivery. Because of this rapid absorption, milk does not affect the dose that reaches the blood; therefore, milk is not expected to change the effect of the drug.
The duration of theophylline in breast milk is variable but appears to be short lived (i.e., less than 24 hours). Because the risk of toxicity outweighs any possible benefit, the administration of theophylline to nursing mothers is not recommended.
Your doctor may recommend that you stop breastfeeding if you are taking theophylline because of the potential for its effects to be passed on to your baby through the milk. Once you begin taking the medication, don't stop without first talking to your doctor about how to wean your child off it.
"Calcium in milk binds with the antibiotic, and this modification means it cannot enter into the circulation to combat illness," said RPS spokesperson Neal Patel. Even if the milk only affects half of the medicine, you're only getting half the amount, which means the infection may not be eradicated by the end of the term. Of course, if you have a medical condition that requires you to drink milk as part of your treatment plan, then it's best to avoid drinking it while taking amoxicillin so that the dosage is distributed evenly throughout the day.
Because theophylline has a very short half-life (eight hours in nonsmoking people), it must be taken on a rigorous daily basis to maintain optimal blood concentrations. This entails taking it at the required intervals, which might be every six, eight, twelve, or twenty-four hours. Although there are sustained-release preparations of the drug on the market, these do not provide continuous relief.
The average patient will continue to get some relief for two weeks from a single dose. However, because theophylline is absorbed from the gut so rapidly, it is necessary to give it each day for the relief to last that long. Also, since the body gets used to the drug after a few days of constant use, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. The maximum recommended adult dosage is 640 mg per day; doses greater than this may cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, irritability, nervousness, headache, and insomnia.
The amount of theophylline in urine varies depending on how much you drink. If you drink more than three cups of coffee or tea per day then your body will release more theophylline into your urine to prevent too much of the drug from being absorbed through your stomach and intestines. Therefore, if you are able to control the amount of caffeine you consume, then the length of time theophylline stays in your system will be extended.
It is suggested that dairy items such as cheese, milk, butter, and yogurt be avoided for 3 hours after taking antibiotics. Similarly, calcium-containing drinks or supplements may diminish efficacy. However, there is no evidence to suggest that eating foods containing dairy products affects how our bodies process antibiotics.
Taking antibiotics can cause diarrhea, acid reflux, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. These are all common symptoms of the stomach acid problem called esophageal reflux. To prevent or reduce these side effects, take your medications at least two hours before a meal or beverage that contains alcohol. Also, try taking them around bedtime with a small meal or snack.
Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria in the body. So if you stop taking them, the bacteria that were not killed will grow back and the infection will return. To keep infections under control forever, you must continue taking antibiotics indefinitely. Some people are able to stay on antibiotics for several months without any problems occurring. Others need to take antibiotics for only few weeks due to allergies or some other reason. Discuss any changes in medication schedule with your doctor so they can help you manage any possible side effects.
Under federal regulations, raw milk, both conventional and organic, is tested for a common family of antibiotics known as beta-lactams. Milk is tested for at least four of six beta-lactam antibiotics, including penicillin and amoxicillin. If there are too many of such medications in the milk, it is rejected. However, most raw milk comes from cows that have not been given these drugs, so they are not present in the milk.
Milk, butter, yogurt, and cheese are examples of dairy products. You may need to wait up to three hours after taking an antibiotic before eating or drinking dairy products. Antibiotics may also be mitigated by grapefruit juice and nutritional supplements containing minerals such as calcium. Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should not eat or drink anything containing milk, ice cream, or other dairy products for at least three hours after taking an antibiotic.
Taking antibiotics causes your body to make more bacteria cells. Thus, if you were already prone to infection, such as the elderly or those with cancer, then you risk developing a serious infection if you take antibiotics. The best course of action is to avoid giving yourself an unnecessary bacterial challenge by keeping infections at a minimum. However, if you must take antibiotics, follow these instructions carefully so you do not harm your chances of recovery.
Yogurt has been shown to help prevent urinary tract infections and diarrhea. It also provides calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth. However, because yogurt contains live cultures, it can also increase the effectiveness of antibiotics by encouraging the growth of any bacteria that may have been killed off by them. For this reason, it's best to wait at least three hours after taking an antibiotic before eating or drinking any kind of dairy product.