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How long antibiotic should be taken?
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Ken Starnes
General Practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Ken Starnes
Ken Starnes
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2 comments
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Fantastic answer!
Dr. William Walsh
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.
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