I read this article from CNN this morning.
Key point: “…a new study has found that doctors gave the wrong antibiotics to nearly half of 670,400 people diagnosed with a UTI. In addition, over three-quarters of those women received antibiotic prescriptions for longer than medically necessary.”
Before taking a course of antibiotics, Ask. All. The. Questions.
Broad spectrum antibiotics are often prescribed when narrow-spectrum ones are safer and more effective. And antibiotics are often prescribed when not needed or for longer than needed. And trust me: it matters. Because broad-spectrum antibiotics kill everything–good and bad bacteria. And that has potential consequences that can even be life-threatening. See: clostridium difficile infection, which, you know, I’m still recovering from months later after it nearly took me out.
Ask. All. The. Questions.