Why NOT Antibiotics?

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5 Questions to Consider Before Taking Antibiotics

Antibiotics can help you. But not using them correctly can he harmful.

Talk to your health care provider to make sure antibiotics are prescribed for the right reasons. If you do take antibiotics, make sure to take full the amount you were prescribed.

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Do I really need antibiotics?

Each case is unique. Your health care provider will help determine whether or not your symptoms are caused by a bacteria, virus, or something else.


What are the risks and side effects?

Each antibiotic is associated with different possible side effects. Understand the potential risks and benefits before taking an antibiotic.

 

What are the risks and side effects?

Each antibiotic is associated with different possible side effects. Understand the potential risks and benefits before taking an antibiotic.


 

Are there simpler, safer options?

Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses, and in these cases, antibiotics are not helpful. There are many other types of medications that better manage the symptoms commonly associated with viral infections.


How much do they cost?

If you have questions about your health care coverage or the affordability of your medications, ask your physician or other members of your health care team.

 

How much do they cost?

If you have questions about your health care coverage or the affordability of your medications, ask your physician or other members of your health care team.


 

How do I take antibiotics so they’re safe and effective?

Take your antibiotics as prescribed. Know the proper dose and how to take the medication. Your health care team wants to ensure the best possible outcome, including prevention of illness and antibiotic resistance.


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Increasing health care value through conversation

The best health care requires a relationship between a physician and his or her patient. Physicians can recommend tests, treatments and/or medications, but ultimately patients decide what care they receive. Choosing Wisely® was initiated by a desire to promote conversations between patients and providers. It’s a nationally recognized program that helps patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of what’s already been done, free from harm, and truly necessary. As patients and physicians begin talking about the need and value of specific tests and procedures, an understanding develops that can have a substantial impact on reducing waste in the U.S. health care system. Consumer Reports provides additional patient information on antibiotics.

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