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Antibiotic Resistance – Only take Antibiotics when Prescribed

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Antibiotics are a great way to cure bacterial infections, but only if prescribed by your doctor. Using antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill. Which means you could be at risk of antibiotics not working, if you have improperly used them.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. The main factor behind this resistance is antibiotic overuse. Always know that if you have a cold or flu, antibiotics will not work for you. Antibiotics only cure bacterial infections, not viruses.

Three facts about taking antibiotics when incorrectly:

  • Always know that taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistance later, so never take them before consulting your physiican
  • Antibiotics kill healthy gut bacterial which allows harmful bacteria to grow.
  • Antibiotics have a higher risk of drug adversity and have caused more emergency department visits for children under 18 years old.

For more information about antibiotic use and when you can take them, consult your physician. Never take antibiotics without an approved prescription.

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