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Antibiotics are not always the answer

Don’t go straight for antibiotics if you are feeling ill – is the warning from Nottingham GPs. Many patients ask for antibiotics when visiting their GP as they assume a course of antibiotics is a cure for their problem.

 

However, the overuse of antibiotics can result in infections becoming resistant to the drug so they do not work in future.

Dr Hugh Porter, a GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Fighting infections is a growing problem due to antibiotic resistance. It is driven by overusing antibiotics, prescribing them inappropriately and patients not finishing the course. Antibiotics are one of our most precious medicines and we all need to play our part helping to preserve them.

“In order to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance, it is important to use antibiotics in the right way by taking the right dose, at the right time, for the right duration.

“Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others.”

Patients should:

  • Take only the antibiotics as prescribed, ensuring doses are not skipped
  • Ensure antibiotics are taken at regular intervals
  • Never save some for later
  • Not stop taking them even if they feel better

Speak to your GP if you are given antibiotics and are concerned or visit NHS Choices for more information.

For more information on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Published: 12 January 2016