Doctors’ Group Says Antibiotics Can Be Taken for Shorter Periods.

I read this article this afternoon: “Doctors’ Group Says Antibiotics Can Be Taken for Shorter Periods.” Some key points:

πŸ‘‰ “The American College of Physicians (ACP), says that for several types of infections, shorter courses of antibiotics do the job — and even do it more safely.”
πŸ‘‰ “In general, the ACP says, [certain non-complicated infections] can be managed with five to seven days of antibiotics, or even three days in certain cases, instead of the traditional 10 days or more.”
πŸ‘‰ Antibiotics kill the good bacteria.
πŸ‘‰ Antibiotic overuse contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
πŸ‘‰ “One particular concern, Fincher said, are potentially fatal gut infections caused by antibiotic-resistant C. difficile bacteria. Those infections often arise after a person has had antibiotic treatment that destroyed many of the good bacteria in the gut.”
πŸ‘‰ “An estimated 30% of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States are unnecessary…”

⭐ ⭐”Ask your doctor, ‘Do I really need this?'” Boucher advised. The next question, she said, can be about duration: If the prescription is for 10 days — the “default” for many doctors, the ACP says — patients can again ask why.” ⭐⭐

Ask the questions! Trust me.

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