Not com­plet­ing a course of an­tibi­otics

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health Choices -

A new study from Brighton & Sus­sex Med­i­cal School’s in­fec­tious dis­eases department sug­gests fin­ish­ing an an­tibi­otic course may not be the best ad­vice af­ter all. The re­port, pub­lished in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal, said tak­ing the drugs af­ter you feel well may in­crease the like­li­hood of an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance. The Royal Col­lege of GPs and Pub­lic Health Eng­land, how­ever, say the old ad­vice shouldn’t be changed based on one re­port. For now, it’s still best to fin­ish your course – though an­tibi­otic cour­ses may be­come shorter in the fu­ture due to grow­ing ev­i­dence that this could help cut the risk of cre­at­ing an­tibi­oti­cre­sis­tant su­per­bugs.

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