Here are the do’s and don’ts of antibiotic use


The cough may not be a bacterial infection and you should consult a doctor before consuming antibiotics

As their name suggests, antibiotics help fight bacteria that cause infections. Consuming antibiotics helps kill the bacteria that make you sick. The literal meaning of antibiotics is “against life”.

When you contract an infection, antibiotics are the drugs often prescribed. This makes antibiotics one of the most common types of medication. However, there are downsides and upsides to everything.

Here are the do’s and don’ts of antibiotic use:

To do

1. Always consult a doctor

It is always ideal to consult a doctor before consuming any kind of medication. Even if your symptoms resemble those of a bacterial infection, it is still advisable to see a doctor. They also help you understand how to consume antibiotics.

2. Consume for bacterial infections

As stated at the beginning, antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections. Unnecessary consumption of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics when consumed for bacterial infection can significantly speed up recovery.

3. Consume as prescribed

One of the most important parts of taking antibiotics is how you consume them. The time and the amount of antibiotics consumed play a vital role in its effectiveness. You must consume at the prescribed time slots, missing a dose can reverse the treatment.

4. Complete the drug treatment

Often our symptoms of infections go away before we finish antibiotic treatment. Many often stop taking antibiotics as soon as they have recovered, but this is not the right way to take them. You should consume the antibiotics as suggested and complete the treatment regardless of the symptoms. Stopping consumption can lead to antibiotic resistance. In this case, the pathogens may make your symptoms worse, and the treatment may reverse and slow down.


1. Do not consume for viral infections

As stated earlier, antibiotics are consumed to treat bacterial infections. Consuming this medicine while suffering from a viral infection would not bring any relief. Also, unnecessary or incorrect consumption of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance.

2. Do not use for ear-related infections

Similar to viral infections, antibiotics may not be helpful in treating many ear-related infections, even if they are bacterial. For these reasons, it is advisable to always consume antibiotics after consulting a doctor and only on prescription.

3. Do not consume too much

Overuse of antibiotics can occur if you consume them for coughs and non-bacterial illnesses. Overuse can be caused if you stop using them before class and use them again after symptoms reappear. Therefore, it is ideal to consume them according to the prescribed course.

4. Do not consume old antibiotics

Many might stack or store medications from previous illnesses or infections. You should avoid stacking medications unless they are first aid medications or are consumed regularly. Older antibiotics may not work for this particular infection and may even be incomplete or ineffective.

In conclusion, a good knowledge of drugs is essential when consuming them. It is crucial for you to always consult a doctor before consuming the drug. Not taking enough medication can reduce its effectiveness while overuse can lead to other health complications. It is therefore important to consume medicines responsibly.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It does not in any way replace qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim any responsibility for this information.


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