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Health Tip: Take Antibiotics Only When Needed

Health Tip: Take Antibiotics Only When Needed

01/17/13

(HealthDay News) -- The more you take an antibiotic unnecessarily, the more likely bacteria can adapt and become resistant to the drug.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice to help prevent antibiotic resistance:

  • Ask your doctor whether you need an antibiotic to treat your illness.
  • Consider whether there are other ways to help you feel better that don't involve an antibiotic.
  • Never take an antibiotic to treat a viral infection, such as the flu or common cold. An antibiotic can only treat infections that are bacterial, not viral.
  • Always take an antibiotic exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Never skip a dose or stop taking it before your prescription is finished.
  • Never take an antibiotic that was prescribed for someone else.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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