Antibiotics – what you need to know.

Antibiotics are some of our most precious medicines and antibiotic resistance (when bacteria become resistant to commonly use antibiotics) is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

The Problem:

  • Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria but now the bacteria are fighting back.
  • Our medicines are becoming less effective which means more complications and death for people receiving treatment in hospital.
  • We have to tackle this problem before it get worse.

How has this happened?

There are many reasons why antibiotics lose their effectiveness, but here are two key ones:

  1. We take medicines that we don’t need.  Antibiotics don’t help most colds and coughs but we still request antibiotics for them.
  2. We make things worse when we don’t take antibiotics exactly as prescribed e.g. missing doses and not finishing the course.  Never save antibiotics for future use or give them to someone else.

What can you do?

  1. Don’t ask for antibiotics, treat your cold and flu symptoms with pharmacist advice, and over the counter medicines.  Or click on link:
  2. When you do have a bacterial infection and you have been prescribed antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed, never save them for later and never share them with others.
  3. Spread the message, tell your friends and family about antibiotic resistance.  Take the Antibiotic Guardian Pledge:

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