I went through most of my life thinking I was allergic to penicillin. I'd had hives with a dose of the stuff as a child, and an also-allergic family member taught me to look for an allergy section on every medical form I filled out, and make sure to write "penicillin" on the line.
Tagged With antibiotics
You've seen the labels on your antibiotic prescriptions: "FINISH ALL THIS MEDICATION unless otherwise directed by prescriber." It's been dogma for years, but this rule might not actually be the best way to prevent antibiotic resistance. But don't throw out your half-used bottle of penicillin just yet.
"By far what google the most," Amy Schumer said in her SNL monologue this weekend, "is 'Can I drink on these antibiotics?' and 'Do these antibiotics make my birth control worthless?'" Comedy aside, these are actually good questions -- and ones most of us probably ask when we're given that prescription. Here are some answers.