If the side effects alone weren't enough, there is now even more reason not to take antibiotics unless they are needed. The overuse of antibiotics has been linked to an increase in antibiotic resistance and now to an increase in IBD , specifically Crohn's disease ( 1 , 2 ).
It isn't completely clear how the long term use of certain antibiotics can increase the risk for Crohn's disease but it may be due to the imbalance of gut bacteria that it can cause. Our guts have a host of bacteria that are present normally. These "healthy bacteria" support functions from digestion to immune response in the GI tract. Unfortunately when we bombard the body with antibiotics they don't differentiate between what bacteria they are killing and often wipe out the good along with the bad. Especially when the antibiotics are used for a long time period.
This is not to say that antibiotics are harmful in and of themselves. They have provided a cure to infections that have been deadly in the past....
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