To keep antibiotics effective for as long as possible we must use them wisely: not too often and in the correct way. Sometimes the body needs help to overcome a bacterial infection, so doctors prescribe antibiotics. It is important to use them properly, to keep the risk of resistant bacteria emerging as small as possible.
The following tips will help you to use antibiotics wisely:
Only use antibiotics when your doctor says that this is
necessary. So always contact a doctor first, even if you are
Take the prescribed amount daily and do so at the right time.
Do not skip any doses.
Never stop a course of antibiotic treatment without first
checking with a doctor. In some cases it is possible to stop the
course of treatment before it is finished, but always check with a
Never use leftover antibiotics or other people’s antibiotics.
For each infection, a doctor needs to decide whether a course of
antibiotic treatment is required, which antibiotic is right for
you, and how long the course of treatment should last.
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