Are You Overusing Antibiotics?
An epidemic for what seems like forever, doctors are still overprescribing antibiotics.
Dr. Micahael L. Barnett and Dr. Jeffrey A. Linder agreed that prescriptions for antibiotics are far more common than necessary for conditions such as sore throats and acute bronchitis.
Dr. Linder broke it down when he said, "You have a viral infection for which the antibiotics are not going to help, and you're putting a chemical in your body that has a very real chance of hurting you."
Antibiotics have some not-so-pleasant side effects, too, and the more that they are used, the less your body will be able to rely on them in the future due to more resistance with every dose.
"People may have infections that are harder to treat down the line because we're overusing antibiotics today," said Dr. Linder.
The problem, though, is the overwhelming frequency of prescriptions, which is somewhat an effect of patient demand.
How often do you take antibiotics, and for what conditions?