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Health Tip: Understanding Antibiotics

Here's what to do if you need a course

(HealthDay News) -- By taking an antibiotic as prescribed, you can get well faster and help prevent germs from becoming resistant to your medication.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these antibiotic guidelines:

  • Never skip a dose of antibiotic. Always take it on schedule, as directed.
  • Never stop taking an antibiotic early. Always take the entire prescription, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Never save any antibiotic medication for a future illness.
  • Never take an antibiotic that was prescribed for another person.

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