Experts stress that Americans should use antibiotics only when needed
For years, health officials have been telling people to cut back on antibiotics unless they really need them – but are their warnings falling on deaf ears?
Overuse of antibiotics breeds drug-resistant bugs.
Despite the warnings of health officials, a study released on Thursday indicates that the rate of antibiotic prescriptions did not change at all between 1997 and 2010.
The common cold is usually a virus, and antibiotics don’t kill viruses.
Patients want to leave the doctor’s office with a prescription, but repetitive use enables the more dangerous bacteria to adapt – making such drugs less effective.
Experts say doctors should prescribe less and patients should stop demanding antibiotics every time.
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