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Warning : Antibiotics don't work for viruses like colds and the flu. Using them for viruses will NOT make you feel better or get back to work faster
  • Published Date:
    8/22/08
  • Source:
    Get smart : know when antibiotics work
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (U.S.). Division of Bacterial Diseases. ; American Pharmacists Association. ;
  • Description:
    Taking antibiotics for viral infections such as a cold, a cough, or the flu will not:

    • Cure the infection

    • Keep other people from catching it

    • Help you feel better

    Antibiotics are strong medicines. Keep them that way. Prevent antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics don’t fight viruses—they fight bacteria. Using antibiotics for viruses can put you at risk of getting a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotic treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider about antibiotics, visit www.cdc.gov/getsmart, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO to learn more.

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