Using Antibiotics Wisely

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If you take antibiotics when you do not need them, they may not work when you do need them. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some advice on taking antibiotics wisely in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The development of antibiotics was one of the great breakthroughs in modern medicine. Because of antibiotics, it is now possible to successfully fight infections that would have been life-threatening in the past.

When used properly, antibiotics can be a life-saving treatment and can also relieve the symptoms of less serious medical conditions caused by bacteria and speed up recovery.

To ensure maximum effectiveness and safety from your antibiotics you should:

Only take antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, not viral infections. If you are having cold symptoms, do not automatically assume that you need an antibiotic.

Find out if the prescribed antibiotic should not be taken with other medications or with particular foods.

Take the prescribed dose for the entire duration of time its prescribed. Don't skip doses or stop midstream, even if you feel better, and

Never self-medicate with antibiotics that have not been prescribed for you or with leftover antibiotics that were prescribed for an earlier bacterial infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.