Please finish your antibiotics!

Please finish your antibiotics!

Why is it important to take all the antibiotics that the doctor has prescribed? If a person does not do this, what can happen and why?

There are two important reasons to complete the entire course of antibiotics a doctor has prescribed. First, a full course of antibiotics helps assure you successfully treat the infection and get better. Second, it prevents the bacteria your body harbors from developing resistance to the drug, said Dr. Lauri Hicks, director of antibiotic stewardship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “You don’t want a rebound infection, or worse, an infection that you can’t treat,” she said.


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