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Does amoxicillin help catching viruses as it kills your defences as well as bacteria?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: No

Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses and because of multiple potential risks involve with their use should not be taken unless clearly necessary.

In brief: No

Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses and because of multiple potential risks involve with their use should not be taken unless clearly necessary.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Abx don't hurt defns

Taking a well selected antibiotic does nothing to hurt body defenses.
It can transiently alter the balance of bacteria in the intestines & alter the existing balance on some body surfaces, but it does not remove any resistance you have to viruses. Your viral response system works alongside your response to bacteria, but essentially ignores antibiotics.The gut bacteria are easily replenished.

In brief: Abx don't hurt defns

Taking a well selected antibiotic does nothing to hurt body defenses.
It can transiently alter the balance of bacteria in the intestines & alter the existing balance on some body surfaces, but it does not remove any resistance you have to viruses. Your viral response system works alongside your response to bacteria, but essentially ignores antibiotics.The gut bacteria are easily replenished.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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