Health and Wellness

Use as Directed: Why It’s Important to Use Antibiotics Exactly as Your Doctor Prescribes

Posted by Puja Sehgal, M.D. on Apr 29, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Being down with an illness is tough. Missing work, juggling parenting responsibilities or making up for missed school time can be difficult and frustrating.  Many times, patients take their health into their own hands by either taking medication that wasn’t prescribed, or not following instructions for prescribed medication. Neither scenario is without potential consequences, especially when antibiotics are involved. Misuse or overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, rendering it less effective against combatting infection. 

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Topics: strep, misuse of antibiotics, penicillin, fungal infections, bacterial infections, viral infections, overuse of antibiotics, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance

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