10 doctors weighed in:
Why don't doctors prescribe antibiotics as much as they used to?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
5 doctors agree
In brief: Many reasons
1) Several diseases we know now, are caused by non-bacterial microbes, therefore antibiotic (abx) are ineffective, 2) Using a lot of abx have led to the development of multidrug-resistant bacteria 3) Very little new abx are being developed due to costs associated to get government approval to use it, 4) We now appreciate that serious infections and side effects can occur with abx use.

In brief: Many reasons
1) Several diseases we know now, are caused by non-bacterial microbes, therefore antibiotic (abx) are ineffective, 2) Using a lot of abx have led to the development of multidrug-resistant bacteria 3) Very little new abx are being developed due to costs associated to get government approval to use it, 4) We now appreciate that serious infections and side effects can occur with abx use.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Resistance
Potential for resistance, most cases don't require it, and/or side effects when you don't need it.

In brief: Resistance
Potential for resistance, most cases don't require it, and/or side effects when you don't need it.
Dr. PHILLIP KIM
Dr. PHILLIP KIM
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Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care
In brief: Antibiotics
The history of large amounts of prescribed antibiotics has led to the emergence of dangerous bacterial strains with antibiotic resistance.
More cautious prescribing and fewer antibiotics for non-serious illnesses has started to control this resistance. Furthermore, use of focused, as opposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics has helped to limit (to some extent) the emergence of resistance.

In brief: Antibiotics
The history of large amounts of prescribed antibiotics has led to the emergence of dangerous bacterial strains with antibiotic resistance.
More cautious prescribing and fewer antibiotics for non-serious illnesses has started to control this resistance. Furthermore, use of focused, as opposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics has helped to limit (to some extent) the emergence of resistance.
Dr. David Wishnew
Dr. David Wishnew
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