The FDA wants doctors to be more careful about giving antibiotics when they are not needed.
They will require new labeling for doctors.
One of the new labels must say that these drugs should be used only for infections caused by bacteria. Another label will ask doctors to explain the right way to use the drugs to their patients.
What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?
–Don’t demand an antibiotic when your doctor says you don’t need it.
–Don’t take an antibiotic for a virus (cold, cough, or flu).
-Take your medicine exactly the way the doctor says. Don’t skip doses.
–Don’t stop taking your medicine when you feel better. Take all the doses.
–Don’t take leftover medicine.
–Don’t take someone else’s medicine.
–Don’t rely on antibacterial products (soaps, detergents, and lotions). There is no proof that these products really help.
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