Health Tip: Take Antibiotics Only When Needed01/17/13
(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
- 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
- Never take an antibiotic that was prescribed for someone
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