are commonly prescribed, they can have some side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain and appetite loss.
stop working effectively, more expensive treatments and hospital admissions are needed, taking a heavy toll on already stretched health budgets.
The inappropriate behavior of antibiotic
use among the general population, particularly self-medication and the concept of antibiotics
seen as a quick fix solution to all illnesses needs to be changed and managed accordingly15.
'Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic
use the better.'
As bacterial infections grow more resistant to antibiotics
, companies are pulling out of antibiotic
research and fewer new antibiotics
are being approved.
Dr Kumar said it was important that people have greater awareness about antibiotics
and their abuse.
Overuse/misuse can cause side-effects, unnecessary expense, and, most significantly, increased antibiotic
Popping too many antibiotics
increases the risk of bacteria becoming resistant to the drugs which is called antibiotic
resistance, he said.
He stressed that people should only use antibiotics
when prescribed by a certified health professional and always take the full prescription, even if you feel better because not completing the prescribed dosage will help bacteria to become antibiotic
Prof Dr Khalid Hussain Mahida said antibiotics
are not effective against viral infections like the common cold, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections.
"We can all help to slow down the development of antibiotic
resistance by using antibiotics
in the right way.
As a parent or caregiver, how can you ensure that your child is being prescribed an antibiotic
They found that antibiotic
prescriptions were linked to 39 percent of 2.7 million urgent care center visits, more than 36 percent of about 58,200 retail clinic visits, nearly 14 percent of 4.8 million emergency department visits and about 7 percent of more than 148 million medical office visits.
In some instances, doctors request first for a culture and sensitivity (CandS) test to make sure the culprit bacteria causing the infection is really susceptible to the antibiotic
the doctor is going to prescribe.
KARACHI -- Antibiotic
consumption in Pakistan between 2000 and 2015 increased 65% from 800 million defined daily doses (DDD) to 1.3 billion DDD.