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Antibiotics Aren’t Always The Answer

August 19, 2019

Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer. You have a cold, or it could be the flu – whatever
it is, you just want to feel better. You head to the doctor to get antibiotics
so you can get back to normal life. Not so fast! Antibiotics save lives, but many times they
are prescribed when they aren’t really needed, and that’s a problem. When you’re given antibiotics when they
aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you. Those side effects can include a rash, dizziness,
nausea, diarrhea, yeast infections, and an infection called Clostridium difficile (also
called C. difficile or C. diff). Some antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones,
have special warnings about severe side effects. These powerful antibiotics are often prescribed
even when they aren’t the recommended treatment. Not only can antibiotics cause side effects,
they also can lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria
no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. This can make future infections harder to
treat. At least 2 million Americans get infected
with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. Antibiotics do not work on viruses such as
those that cause colds and the flu, bronchitis or runny noses. Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain
infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics also won’t help some common
bacterial infections, including many sinus infections, and some ear infections. When you have an infection caused by bacteria
and your doctor prescribes antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Talk with your healthcare professional if
you have any questions about your antibiotics. Stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning
hands, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines, for
flu, for example. Improving the way we take antibiotics will
help keep us all healthy and will help fight antibiotic resistance so these critical drugs
are available for years to come. To learn more about antibiotic prescribing
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  • Reply lurkyt November 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Got moo! 🐄?

  • Reply P Ward November 14, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Take antibiotics away from farmers first. Force them to release animals from cramped conditions, giving them fresh air and space. Farmers abuse antibiotics much more often and in much higher levels for longer periods of time.

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