Health Tip: Take an Antibiotic Properly03/22/11
(HealthDay News) -- It's important to take an antibiotic exactly
as prescribed and to finish the entire prescription, experts say.
To help prevent harmful bacteria from becoming resistant to your
antibiotic, don't stop taking the medication just because you feel
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these guidelines to
help you take an antibiotic properly:
- Finish your prescription without missing any dose -- even if
you stop feeling sick. Don't stop taking it because you want to
save some of the medication for a future illness.
- Only stop taking the antibiotic if your doctor tells you to do
- Avoid sharing your antibiotic with anyone else.
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