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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can i take my left over antibiotics to treat my bacterial infection?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Not safe to do without checking first with your doctor.
Dr. Emmanuel Yirenkyi
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
No not a good idea.: The antibiotics may have been prescribed for different reasons. Besides, it is not always that antibiotics may be required for infections as certain infections may be viral in nature.
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Happening right now: www.inquisitr.com "Friend's antibiotic causes life-threatening reaction in young mom" Read this if you need convincing that you should take "left over" medications
Dec 12, 2014
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
sorry typo: should NOT take left over antibiotics
Dec 12, 2014

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can bacterial infections be treated with antibiotics?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Many bacterial: infections can be treated with antibiotics. However, some infective agents may be drug resistant.

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