Antibiotics, Microbiota and Health. Are there dangers hiding in plain sight?
Antibiotics are among the most commonly used medications. Not only have revolutionized treatment of infections, but they also play a critical role in the prevention of infections and thus allow a wide range of life-saving medical procedures (from surgical implants to organ translpation) that would otherwise be fraught with infectious complications. Their obvious benefits and limited recognition adverse consequences have led to expanded use for empiric and directed therapy and for prophylaxis. Up to half of all antibiotic use is thought to be inappropriate.