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If I get better from antibiotics right away, can I stop an save them for next time I have bronchitis?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: NO!!
You always need to complete the full antibiotic course prescribed because you may kill some of the bacteria in a few days but the ones that survive can be resistant to the antibiotic and then they multiply leaving you with an infection that is now resistant to that antibiotic.
The next time you get bronchitis, the bacteria may be different and the antibiotic thus needs to be changed.

In brief: NO!!
You always need to complete the full antibiotic course prescribed because you may kill some of the bacteria in a few days but the ones that survive can be resistant to the antibiotic and then they multiply leaving you with an infection that is now resistant to that antibiotic.
The next time you get bronchitis, the bacteria may be different and the antibiotic thus needs to be changed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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