Antibiotics and Smoking

Antibiotics and smoking: How harmful is it?

Every disease can be seen as an opportunity to change life sustainably. – Oliver Sankt

Most smokers and non-smokers are aware of the negative health effects of cigarette smoking.

Still, many can’t resist lighting a cigarette. They do it even if they are lying in bed with severe bacterial infections and have to take antibiotics.

If you are one of them, there is no shame in that. It is not easy to get rid of addiction. However, we need to realize how harmful cigarette is when combined with antibiotics.

  • So what about smoking while taking prescribed antibiotics?
  • What should I watch for while taking them?
  • What are the risks for people?

Please read this article carefully until the end, in order not to miss any important information. It can and – if you allow it – will change your life.

How smoking changes our physiological functions

Let’s take a step back. What are the consequences of smoking? Seven seconds after a smoker inhales the blue smoke, the brain starts to function irregularly.

From the lungs, nicotine-rich blood is transported to the central nervous system and changes the amount of substances produced that affect our brain.

In fact, researchers say that smoking cigarettes works like heroin. The comparison is often used to stop people from smoking. However, there are similarities:

The smoke improves the smoker’s mood and focus and, depending on the amount of nicotine entering the brain, the person is either relaxed or stimulated.

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As this happens, the same addictive nicotine is carried through the body along with over 7000 other chemicals in the blood. These chemicals build up in the lungs, heart, digestive system.

Why this long introduction?

It is important to understand that smoking disturbs the body’s immune system. 

Antibodies are suppressed, immune cells are reduced and natural defensive cells that destroy cancer cells are reduced. As a result, the smoker becomes susceptible to infections that require antibacterial medication for treatment.

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Smokers take antibiotics more often

Studies show that smoking increases the likelihood of chronic diseases and infections. In this context, diseases with a bacterial cause are common. As a result, antibiotics are prescribed more often.

In other words:

Smokers are more often ill and need to take more antibiotics.

This is confirmed by a study carried out by the Norwegian Institute of Health. It shows that smokers are more often prescribed antibiotics. Men and women who smoked a lot had a higher amount of antibacterial drugs in the amount of 68% and 82% compared to non-smokers.

The same study concluded that smoking, depending on its severity, affects the ability of the immune system to respond to antibacterial drugs in the long term.

So smoking is anything but healthy. This information is probably not the biggest news for us. However, there is another important question in connection with antibiotics:

Does smoking affect the effects of antibiotics?

Antibiotics are a product of modern science that has developed into an indispensable drug for the treatment of various infections. However, it is not yet known whether smoking has a direct effect on antibiotics.

However, smoking has been shown to slow a person’s recovery.

Clinical studies conducted since the 1950s have shown that smokers need longer recovery time than non-smokers. It has also been shown that smokers have a higher risk of relapsing again. This is especially true for respiratory diseases and infections.

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Smoking is also harmful to the liver

Smoking also damages the liver. Liver is crucial for the decomposition of harmful substances in the human body and helps to fight bacterial infections.

At the same time, useful (good) bacteria in the body get destroyed. The entire immune system is therefore weakened. The person becomes more susceptible to bacterial infections and a vicious circle begins.

Many people continue their unhealthy habits until they suffer from more serious illnesses that begin as seemingly harmless complaints such as coughing or bronchitis.

It’s easier to quit than most smokers think!

So what do I do?

In order to maximize the effectiveness of antibacterial drugs in infections, smokers who have certain infections should quit smoking and maintain a balanced diet. Even a reduction in cigarette consumption shows significant improvements in the body’s ability to regenerate.

We therefore advise you to start the process of quitting smoking as soon as possible.

Every disease can be seen as an opportunity to change life.

There are many ways to quit smoking quickly and easily. Our experience shows that it helps most people to see stopping as a way of a longer journey. This idea helps to make people aware of their habits.

Our advice is to subscribe our Smoke Free Newsletter, in which we give weekly useful tips and tricks on how to get away from the unhealthy burden. It’s easier than you think.

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