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To Safely Use Antibiotics

  • Don't take an antibiotic prescribed for someone else.

  • Take an antibiotic exactly as the doctor tells you.

  • Don't save some of your antibiotic for the next time you get sick.

  • Ask your doctor whether an antibiotic is likely to be beneficial for your illness.

  • Ask your doctor what else you can do to feel better sooner.

  • Don't take an antibiotic for a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu.

 

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Date Last Reviewed: 2/28/2005
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