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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long antibiotic should be taken?

1 doctor answer13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ken Starnes
Dr. Ken Starnesanswered
--- 10 years experience
Listen to your Dr.: Antibiotics should always be taken for as long as your doctor tells you to. In most cases, you will take all that you received when you filled the prescription. If you stop early you risk developing resistant bacteria that can be very hard to treat. Also, never take antibiotics or any other meds that were prescribed to someone else.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
Fantastic answer!
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
The length varies by the type of infection (tissue infected and bacteria infecting it) and patient factors (immune compromised, age, etc). Working with your physician is essential on this issue.
Feb 7, 2012

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How long should antibiotics for staph be taken for?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
7-10 days: For an abscess of the face drainage is needed. For a soft tissue infection or cellulitis 7-10 days is usually enough. For a staph. Aureus bloodstream infection 4 weeks of IV antibiotics are usually required.
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