When and When Not to Use Antibiotics
Antibiotics are medicines that fight infections caused by bacteria. Different antibiotics are required depending on the type of infection and the bacteria involved. This decision is best left to your healthcare provider.
When we’re sick, we just want to get better fast, and we want medicine that will work as fast as possible. If your doctor suggests an antibiotic, ask questions and learn if you have a bacterial infection or a viral infection. Ask if the antibiotic is safe to take with your other medications, or health conditions (including pregnancy). Ask what side effects you should expect. And ask if there are other things that you can do to help you get better.
Take all of the medicine as directed. Starting to feel better does not necessarily mean the infection is completely treated. Stopping treatment too soon can lead to recurrence of the infection or lead to antibiotic resistance. If antibiotic resistance develops, antibiotics may not work the next time you have an infection.