Guidance on taking antibiotics

Guidance on taking antibiotics

Antibiotics are an important medicine for treating bacterial infections however as we are using them more and more antibiotics are losing their effectiveness. Bacteria are ever increasingly finding ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic. This is known as ‘antibiotic resistant’, this is resulting in superbugs, such as MRSA which are becoming more and more difficult to treat.

To help reduce the emergence of superbugs, it is important that any antibiotics you are prescribed are taken appropriately and instructions are followed accordingly. You should never save antibiotics for future use or share with anyone else.  It is important to know that Antibiotics can also cause side effects.

Nicola Baxter, head of medicine optimisation at the CCG said ‘’Many antibiotics are being prescribed and used for mild infections when they don’t need to be. As we are approaching winter, coughs and colds will be on the increase, before going to see the doctor to ask for antibiotics visit your local community pharmacists who will be able to give you advice on self-care and suggest over the counter medicine that will help you.’’

For further guidance on the use of antibiotics visit this website.