Get Smart about Antibiotics

November 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

The common cold, flu, most sore throats, runny noses and bronchitis are viral infections.

Antibiotics, which can cure bacterial infections, do not help fight viruses. In fact, taking antibiotics when they are not needed may do more harm than good because it increases your risk of getting an infection later that reisists antibiotic treatment.

When you are prescribed an antibiotic:

  • Take it exactly as the doctor tells you.
  • Complete the prescribed course even if you are feeling better. If treatment stops too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you.
  • Dispose of any leftover medication properly.

See your doctor or practitioner to find out if your illness is bacterial or viral. When you use antibiotics appropriately, you do the best for your health, your family’s health, and the health of those around you.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Pharmacy.

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