The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Simply using antibiotics creates resistance. These drugs should only be used to manage infections.
Up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed
Antibiotics kill good bacteria in your body which can lead to side effects such as diarrhea or yeast infections.
A “broad spectrum” antibiotic kills more bacteria than a “narrow spectrum” antibiotic.
Talk to your doctor about the risks and how to limit them.
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Take a few minutes to watch this important TedTalk from Dr. Goff about the dangers of using antibiotics "just-in-case"
The graphic shows an example of unnecessary use or overuse and an example of misuse or incorrect prescription. This is a useful visual tool when explaining what inappropriate antibiotic use is to others.