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Doctor insights on: Preventing Antibiotic Resistance

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Not much other than.: ...Taking the antibiotics prescribed to the last pill. Avoid taking any left over antibiotic pill with an intention to prevent recurrence of same infection, e.g., self administration of Amoxicillin for sore throat. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

Only when Needed: One strategy is to not take antibiotics unecessarily. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, only bacterial ones. Using antibiotics when not needed increases the frequency of nature's defense response...Which is resistance. ...Read more

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How can you slow down antibiotic resistance development? Take half the pills?

How can you slow down antibiotic resistance development? Take half the pills?

Only use when necess: Very good question! also very controversial. First of all, only use antibiotics when necessary. A lot of times they are prescribed unnecessarily. Yes, abused. The more they're used, the more chance of some bugs building up resistance. The second thing is, when you do have to take them, take them completely! wipe out the little buggers all the way. No, don't take half the pills. Wrong! ...Read more

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Can you get antibiotic resistance for taking all of your antibiotics? Or is it only if you stop. I don't think I need them. Can I stop after 1 pill?

Can you get antibiotic resistance for taking all of your antibiotics? Or is it only if you stop. I don't think I need them. Can I stop after 1 pill?

Antibiotic resistanc: The resistant bugs are produced by weakening them with an antibiotic and letting them recover. The ones that do recover may be resistant to the medicine you just stopped. When the bugs recover the med may no longer be effective so a recurrence could be far worse. So finish the course so they do not come back stronger and resistant. ...Read more

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Took antibiotic a month back but again now my doc gave me another dose of antibiotic .Is it fine to take it?Will my body not be antibiotic resistance

Took antibiotic a month back but again now my doc gave me another dose of antibiotic .Is it fine to take it?Will my body not be antibiotic resistance

Not necessarily: But repeat antibiotics can affect your gut and immune system. Be sure you take probiotics (not at same time as antibiotic). I would also add chinese medicine and acupuncture to your treatment plan ANS it can help reduce antibiotic issues and balance your body which helps speed recovery. ...Read more

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I took two 500mg capsules of Amoxicillin that I didn't need to take. Am I going to contribute to antibiotic resistance if I don't continue the rest?

Antibiotic resistanc: Antibiotic resistance is more prevalent due to overuse and miss use of antibiotics. However, one dose should not be an issue so if you don't need the meds, don't take more. ...Read more

Dr. David Rosenberg
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Antibiotic Resistance (Definition)

Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more