Originally Posted by Rissask
I have heard of people doing this, but it is not recommened to take antiobiotics as a preventive measure....this is one reason why we are finding more and more antiobiotic-resistant superbugs these days, plus other ways of abusing antiobiotics. If anything, maybe is one is prone to repeated bouts, have a prescription packed with you in case, but using just a harsh drug 'just in case', not a great idea, I think most docs would agree....of course, I am NOT a doctor, that is just my 2 cents.
Even taking Pepto pills every day 'just in case' can have unwanted side effects that make you miserable (and certainly Immodium does!) ... take it from me....only treat when you have symptoms, not before. Just because she had issues one trip does not make a pattern....I have had 2 bouts of food or water related (not the tequila!) illness in Mexico but it's not typical for me.
Try the yogurt or acidophilis pills....wash hands frequently, don't get tap water in your mouth, wash fruit and veggie skins with Microdyne if staying in a condo and cooking on your own, drink bottled water, avoid eating in restaurants with no soap in the washrooms
....stay out of the sun as much as possible and don't drink too much booze....most likely you will be fine.
I don't disagree with you about overuse of antibiotics. The fact is that we're in our mid 50's and take absolutely no prescription drugs, very little over the counter stuff, and haven't needed antibiotics in years. This is why I don't feel that he is in danger of developing an immunity, or even endangering the world by creating a superbug....
Vacation is better if you don't get sick. Period. Paragraph.