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I'm feeling better, can I stop taking my antibiotics?
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Finishing the entire course of therapy is important for two reasons: 1) prevention of a relapse of the infection, and 2) prevention of developing resistant bacteria for that particular infection.
Resistant bacteria exist, in part, due to patients not completing the course of antibiotics. The ramification of this are that the antibiotic may not be effective in the future for the same infection.

In brief: No
Finishing the entire course of therapy is important for two reasons: 1) prevention of a relapse of the infection, and 2) prevention of developing resistant bacteria for that particular infection.
Resistant bacteria exist, in part, due to patients not completing the course of antibiotics. The ramification of this are that the antibiotic may not be effective in the future for the same infection.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
It is generally recommended to finish the prescribed course in order to prevent a relapse of the infection from not enough therapy.
And the risk of increasing resistance.

In brief: No
It is generally recommended to finish the prescribed course in order to prevent a relapse of the infection from not enough therapy.
And the risk of increasing resistance.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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