Antibiotics are medicines that fight against bacteria and bacterial infections. They are widely used in the treatment and prevention of these infections.
What is an antibiotics used for?
Antibiotics are medicines that fight infections caused by bacteria in humans and animals by either killing the bacteria or making it difficult for the bacteria to grow and multiply. Bacteria are germs.
What happens when you take an antibiotic?
Each time you take an antibiotic, bacteria are killed. Sometimes, bacteria causing infections are already resistant to prescribed medications. Bacteria may also become resistant during treatment of an infection.
What should I not do when taking antibiotics?
Take them exactly as your doctor tells you.
Do not share your antibiotics with others.
Do not save them for later. Talk to your pharmacist about safely discarding leftover medicines.
Do not take medicine prescribed for someone else.
Alcohol and Antibiotics
Although modest alcohol use doesn’t reduce the effectiveness of most antibiotics, it can reduce your energy and delay how quickly you recover from illness. So, it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol until you finish your treatment and are feeling better.
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