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Do’s And Don’t’s of Taking Antibiotic Medication

October 14, 2019

Article by: Karen Wolf, Infection Control Nurse

Antibiotic resistance has become one of the most urgent threats to the publics’ health. According to a 2017 CDC report regarding antibiotic use in the United States, antibiotic resistance threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.

We should all be concerned about this and do what we can to combat this threat. The following are some Do’s and Don’ts that we can all follow as patients or caregivers:

DON’T….take antibiotics if you do not need them, it will not help with a viral infection.

DO……….ask your healthcare provider questions.

DON’T….stop taking the drug when you feel better. Follow instructions on label.

DO……….take antibiotics with water, it will reduce side effects and aid in better absorption.

DON’T…take antibiotics prescribed for someone else or use leftover medication from a previous illness.

Breaking the Do’s and Don’ts listed may seem harmless, but not following them can create a perfect environment that allows bacteria to adapt and further spread resistance to different people, which can be lethal.

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