are used to treat infections caused by bacteria (e.g.
strep throat, some sinus infections, urinary tract infections).
not treat any illness caused by a virus (e.g. a cold, the flu,
coughs and sore throats). Using antibiotics unnecessarily or not
to the directions could allow your body to develop a resistant
strain of bacteria. That means that the bacteria will change in
to a drug and become much more difficult to kill. And that means
you could be limiting your treatment options.
If you get a prescription
to an antibiotic, read the directions and take the medicine as
prescribed. That means no skipping, forgetting,
or cutting short. Ask your provider what your “course” for
the antibiotic is. A course is how long you need to take the medicine,
and it is usually accomplished by finishing your prescription.
Even if you feel better, you still need to take your antibiotic.
your course short could contribute to a resistant strain of bacteria.
Sometimes you might be able to find an antibiotic without a prescription,
either on the web or from a friend. This is a bad idea. Remember
that antibiotics are serious medications that should only be prescribed
by a provider in appropriate situations.
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