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how long antibiotic should be taken?

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Dr. Ken Starnes
Dr. Ken Starnesanswered
General Practice 9 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 18 years experience
Fantastic answer!
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 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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I have just taken my final pill of my antibiotic, and also purchased a generic form monistat. How long should I wait to start the monistat?

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Now: Works best right at the end of the antibiotic, along with some probiotic pills for a week

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