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What is prophylaxis?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi answered

Specializes in General Practice

Taking to prevent: The term implies taking or being administered a medication before to prevent it from happening. For example to take a heartburn medicine to prevent it. You are taking it prophylactic.

Answered 11/25/2013

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Prevention: Giving a medication, vaccine or treatment to prevent a disease.

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