August 07, 2015

TMI Talk: The Stages of Taking Antibiotics

This is a sponsored post. All opinions, however, are my own and that of The Caro Diaries. Thank you to Monistat for sponsoring today's discussion. 

Being sick sucks. It's not just the being sick, but the whole feeling like crap thing, you know? After I went into surgery last month, I was on a ton of medication. I was popping four and five pills a day - which, if you know me, you know isn't exactly fun. 

I'm a girl who despises doctor's appointments, hospitals and medication. Seriously, I cried until I was 15 every time I had to take pills - and I used to make my mom crush them for me. Yes, I know, I'm a wuss. Even now when I take medication, I literally have to convince myself, and give myself a little internal pep talk. So I'd say my relationship with medication is a rocky one. 

Now don't get me wrong, I know the benefits of taking medication, and especially antibiotics - I mean, they're to get you better. But they suck sometimes too, am I right? Am I the only one who's experienced all of the below stages of taking antibiotics? Including one I didn’t expect, yeast infections – one no one is talking about! But today, I am. It’s Time for TMI! (Be sure to check out how you can receive a coupon or free sample of Chafing Relief Powder Gel® from MONISTAT™ Complete Care™ below.)

// you can't drink:
It starts simple. You get sick. You see a doctor. Doctor prescribes you some medication, and boom your plans for the weekend are gone! Say goodbye to that glass of wine after work, or that bottle of prosecco chilling in your fridge because one sip of it can negate your medications and even worse, make you sicker! Don't worry.. that diet coke looks good too! 

// hard to swallow: 
This may just be on me, but I feel like there is a direct correlation to the tasting of the pill and how hard it is to swallow. Pills that taste fine or don't leave an aftertaste go down just fine, but the minute that I try to shove a gross tasting pill into my throat, I suddenly have anaphylaxis and I can't swallow the pills. Then the taste is stuck on your tongue and you're chugging three glasses of water to help. 

// you need to remember them every day: 
Probably the hardest one for me because I'm so bad at taking medication. Especially the ones that taste bad. I mean, not only do you have to swallow it, but you have to do it every day - sometimes even more than once a day?! It's like they're trying to kill me (or save me.. same thing!?).

// on the bright side, you have an excuse to continuously eat:
Most antibiotics can't be taken on an empty stomach, which gives you an excuse to pig out three times a day in the name of taking pills. You name it, you eat it. Hey, if we have to shove gross pills in our mouth three times a day, we'll do it with a side of fries, thank you very much! 

// you finally start to get better: 
Usually around day five, you start to feel better, but of course you have to continue taking the monstrosity pills because if you don't finish the week, you'll never get fully better! (#beentheredonethat). This is probably the most frustrating part - I mean you're better, why are you still taking pills?! 

// the after effects - yeast infections: 
Now if taking your medication wasn't enough, you were apparently supposed to take probiotics this entire time too?! For us non-medical people, apparently when you're taking antibiotics, you're stripping your body of necessary biotics - so most people take pro-biotic pills or eat a ton of yogurt while they're on medication to avoid getting yeast infections.. but for some of us who didn't know that (aka why didn't you write that on the prescription, doc?!) and it's too late, there's Monistat

Growing up, I always thought yeast infections were really bad. I mean, they aren't really good, but they're a lot more common than I thought. It turns out, yeast infections aren't caused by sex or having bad hygiene, but really simply by being sick and sometimes even by taking antibiotics. Monistat polled girls to find out the extent of their knowledge on yeast infections and realized that we know a lot less than they thought we did. We're seriously misinformed over here! 

Monistat sent me a care package featuring some of their products to see, and they're actually pretty great. The best part is that you don't need a prescription for their products - so you can treat your yeast infection pretty easily, and without any hefty doctor's fees. They even included a flash drive with all of the information from their It's Time for TMI website so I could learn a little bit more about the causes of yeast infection. There's even a quiz for you to complete and you could win a full-sized package of their chafing relief gel (which btw is also a really great beauty hack - google it!) 

Were you as clueless as I am about yeast infections? Did I miss any of the stages of antibiotics? Raising a big glass of wine to you on this antibiotic-free weekend! 

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  1. These are all so true!

  2. I'm with you--I still can't swallow pills any bigger than like birth control pills. I take Children's Advil lol and ask docs for the liquid versions of medicine. When they can't prescribe liquid, I have a pill cutter and will cut it into like a million different pieces. Plus side, I drink a ton of water!

  3. YEAST INFECTIONS ARE THE WORST! My roommate and I both ended up being prone to them this year for some reason, and monistat was a total life saver. It always ends up happening to me after taking antibiotics!

  4. Thankfully, I haven't had too many yeast infections but I have found that they follow rounds of antibiotics! Who knew they wiped out the good bacteria too. I've never used any over the counter products, but will definitely check this out next time I need some meds!

  5. The worst! Thanks for shedding a tricky issue in a postive light :)

  6. Yeast infections are awful and really are common after antibiotics. I don't think yeast infections are anything to be too embarrassed about (even though they are akward to talk about), I think most women get them at some point!

  7. I used to get them all the time after being sick and taking antibiotics. It was the worst.
    I was always embarrassed to go pick up Monistat at the store so I'd make my mom do it.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. So true! Not a fan of antibiotics but they're a necessity during flu season in college!

  9. I couldn't swallow pills for the longest time! I had to take the tamiflu antibiotic, and we would have to split it open over ice cream. Because of that, to this day I won't eat Breyer's Vanilla Ice cream!
    xx, Lindsey

  10. good post! So true about learning to take pills!

  11. Girl don't worry I am totally clueless about yeast infections too. TMI talk is basically girl chat so I totally can relate to so many of your points. Had it not been for my six months on accutane I would have never learned how to actually take pills!

    Pick Your Beau

  12. I am lucky in that I've never had a yeast infection from taking antibiotics before- but due to that, I don't know much about them! So this post was actually really informative!! Even for those "girl" subjects that can be awk to talk about, it's good to study up, haha!

    xoxo A

  13. Thanks for this post! It's really informative and is definitely something to (hopefully, unnecessarily) file away for later.
    xx, The Southwestern Prepster

  14. Oh man, yeast infections are the worst! Thanks for the information about yeast infections...some things I never knew!
    Also, back to the whole pill situation. They definitely do suck. I recently had to take anti-malarial medication and I forgot one day to take it with a glass of water and it started burning in my chest. I literally was in pain for the next two days! So sill of me! But yeah, long story short, they suck, but are necessary.

    My Pop of Color

  15. I had no idea being ill/taking antibiotics could cause yeast infections! I suck at taking tablets too, I always have to psych myself up to swallow it, I get terrified of choking!

  16. I did this same campaign, but I LOVE how differently you approached it. So creative!!! Also it totally sucks that yeast infections can come from it...ugh. The struggle is real.

    Coming Up Roses

  17. If you're a wuss, I'm a wuss because I still crush up my pills haha! I've never been able to swallow pills. I know it's a mind thing, but it's whatever. I just can't. I hate taking medicine, so I crush it up, mix it in yogurt and call it a day. I've never been a big taker of antibiotics, but when I do take them, I try to get them in liquid form. Yeast infections are the literal worst, so thanks for shedding light on this!

  18. Ditto to all of this! There are few things I dislike more than taking medication. I choke on even the smallest pills, and I never think about probiotics until it's too late.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  19. I've never had a yeast infection thank goodness but I've never really knew the reason why people get some!

  20. Yikes! I didn't know this was a side-effect.

  21. Total TMI but I always get yeast infections after I take antibiotics! I have really bad allergies and get several sinus infections a year, so I have to take them like every 3 months. Monistat has been a life saver!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  22. I hardly ever take antibiotics, I think I've taken them like twice in my entire life so I didn't know about this!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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