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How to Use Antibiotics the Right Way

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:17 AM

Antibiotics have revolutionized the medical world. They have cut down death statistics, and doctors have brought almost 60 percent of the world’s common infections under control using antibiotics.
However, times are changing.
Now, patients tend to take antibiotics for granted. Doctors provide detailed prescriptions and instructions about courses and the right dose, but almost 40 percent of patients stop taking doses of the antibiotics midway. Also, patients may also overmedicate or undermedicate themselves with over-the-counter medications, creating complications for themselves and doctors. Antibiotics-resistant bacteria are just one such concern.
What is required? Doctors should educate patients on the right way to take antibiotics – both in terms of the course of medication to take and its effective dose. This is not difficult. Here is a short tip list that can prove helpful.  
Tip 1: Remember to take medications prescribed only for you.

Patients often tend to self-medicate or take medications available at home even though they are not the correct ones. Only take medications specifically prescribed for you to treat particular conditions.
Tip 2: Never take antibiotics for a cold.

Antibiotics are medications for bacterial infections. They do not work on viral infections like the common cold. For patients suffering from an infection, contact the doctor immediately. The doctor can decide whether the patient has a concomitant bacterial infection that requires a course of antibiotics.
Tip 3: Finish the course even if you feel better.

Never, never ever, stop taking medications in the middle of a course, as the entire course must be completed for the medication to be effective. Stopping the course simply because you feel somewhat better is not recommended. It can result in a stronger subsequent infection. Complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by the doctor even if you are feeling OK.
Tip 4: Ask for a culture test.
This is important for the doctor to determine the best antibiotics and the right dose for clearing the infection faster. Culture tests isolate the exact micro-organism causing the infection. Doctors can then prescribe a targeted antibiotic that will quickly resolve the infection.
Tip 5: Do not mix them with herbal supplements.
Antibiotics are chemicals. They may interact with the active components present in herbal supplements. Avoid taking a course along with herbal supplements. Also, make sure you consult the doctor before starting any type of antibiotics or herbal medication.
Tip 6: Do not double the antibiotic dose.
If you miss a dose of medication during your course, do not double the dose of antibiotics later. This will not work. Instead, it can cause organ damage. Continue the course of antibiotics until the course is complete without doubling any missed dose.

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Antibiotics are a godsend. However, patients tend to be careless about medication. This can cause a whole range of problems dangerous to the individual. Avoid self-medication and get doctors approval before embarking on a course of medication.
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