Antibiotic resistance

There is a reason doctors tell you to take the full course of antibiotics once they are prescribed to you.

The bugs that bring about illness are living organisms that adapt and change with time, the same way that all living things do.

While a certain antibiotic can defeat a certain strain of bacteria once it infiltrates your system, the bacteria can also learn to resist the drug.

Some bacteria can even become resistant to several antibiotics (multiresistant). These are commonly referred to as ‘superbugs’.

It is important that you complete your full course of antibiotics, even if you are no longer feeling sick, to make sure that the drugs completely defeat the bacteria in your system.

If you don’t, the next time you become ill you may not be able to use the same drugs to effectively treat the problem, or someone else may not be able to benefit from the drugs.

Speak to your doctor for more information.

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