Do I take all of the antibiotics my doctor prescribed?
The medical world is re-thinking this. There’s panic because antibiotics are getting weaker and the bugs are getting stronger.
Why? It just may be that when you take all of the pills, you cause bacteria to mutate to a more robust version for which we don’t have treatment.
There’s talk about us returning to the Dark Ages in terms of our ability to treat infections. We won’t be able to keep up with the newer strains of bacteria.
For some diseases such as tuberculosis, all of the pills need to be taken, but for a urinary tract infection, three days should do it.
The medical community agrees that much more research needs to be done to create guidelines for how long medicines should be taken, but this effort will be hampered by the fact that each person responds differently to treatment.
When your doctor prescribes antibiotics for you or your child, ask how long the medicine should be taken.
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