Using Antibiotics Wisely

Antibiotics are effective medications, but only against bacteria. They do not work on illnesses such as the flu, the common cold and others caused by viruses. If your doctor says that you need an antibiotic, it's important to take the full prescription, even if you don't feel that you need it. Stopping your medication early can allow your illness to return, and the bacteria that cause it may become resistant to the antibiotic.