Taking Antibiotics? Here’s what you should know.

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Some are highly specialised and are only effective against certain bacteria. Others, known as broad-spectrum antibiotics, attack a wide range of bacteria, including ones that are beneficial to us.

There are two main ways in which antibiotics target bacteria. They either prevent the reproduction of bacteria, or they kill the bacteria, for example by stopping the mechanism responsible for building their cell walls.

You are ONLY ever prescribed antibiotics IF you need them.

Taking antibiotics when they’re not needed won’t help you, and their side effects can still cause harm. Your doctor can decide the best treatment for you when you’re sick. Never pressure your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic.

Antibiotics ONLY treat certain infections caused by bacteria

Antibiotics DO NOT work on viruses

If your doctor decides an antibiotic is the best treatment when you’re sick:

  • Take them exactly as your doctor tells you – how many to take, how many times per day and over how many days.
  • Do not share your antibiotics with others – this could be dangerous for their health.
  • Do not save them for later – you will need to take them as your doctor as prescribes which typically means starting them and finishing them as directed.
  • Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else. This may delay the best treatment for you, make you even sicker, or cause side effects.

Talk with your doctor and pharmacist if you have any questions about your antibiotics.

Talk with your doctor if you develop any side effects or allergic reactions while taking an antibiotic.

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Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/about/can-do.htmlhttps://microbiologysociety.org/members-outreach-resources/outreach-resources/antibiotics-unearthed/antibiotics-and-antibiotic-resistance/what-are-antibiotics-and-how-do-they-work.html

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