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Antibiotics

NHS: The Antibiotic Awareness Campaign

 

Antibiotics are important medicines. They help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is driven by overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. It's important that we use antibiotics the right way, to slow down resistance and make sure these life-saving medicines remain effective for us and future generations.

Antibiotics are important for the treatment of some bacterial conditions including some which are mild, and others which can be life-threatening. However, antibiotics are also useless in treating many other conditions. Find out about the uses of antibiotics.

Patient.co.uk: Why wasn't I prescribed antibiotics?

 

Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections. Learn more...

NHS: Antibiotic Medicines Guide

 

Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections. Learn more...

Patient.co.uk: Antibiotics

 

Antibiotics are a group of medicines that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and certain parasites. They do not work against infections that are caused by viruses - for example, the common cold or flu. Antibiotics are normally only prescribed for more serious bacterial infections - for example, pneumonia. Find out about what antibiotics are, how they are used, side effects and types of antibiotics.

The Yellow Card Scheme

 

All medicines can cause side effects, and it's important that it is known what these are. If you think you have had a side-effect to one of your medicines you can report this on the Yellow Card Scheme.
 The Yellow Card Scheme is used to make pharmacists, doctors and nurses aware of any new side-effects that medicines may have caused. 

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