Health Tip: Take an Antibiotic Properly

-- 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 better.

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 so.
  • Avoid sharing your antibiotic with anyone else.

Posted: March 2011


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