Should you take antibiotics or shouldn't you? That is the question

Doctors in the United Kingdom have advised that medical professionals stop telling patients to finish an entire course of antibiotics because it could be driving anti microbial resistance.

Prof Guy Richards, director of critical care at Wits fully supports that doctors should stop telling patients to finish the course.

He says there is no need for people to take antibiotics for colds and flu.

The longer the period of time that you use antibiotics, the more likely you are to develop resistance among the organisms in your body.

Prof Guy Richards, director of critical care at Wits

If you truly have an infection that needs antibiotics you should take it until you better or 24 hours longer and then stop.

Prof Guy Richards, director of critical care at Wits

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