Antibiotic resistance, the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of an antibiotic, is a pressing public health problem. Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat.
In this HealthBreak, clinical pharmacist Carrie Schanen provides steps you can take to help prevent antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic Resistance Video Transcript
Antibiotics are used to fight against bacterial infections. They’ve been very successful, but some bacteria are becoming resistant to these medications.
Clinical pharmacist Carrie Schanen explains.
Carrie Schanen, PharmD
The bacteria will change so that the antibiotic is no longer effective. There are several things that you can do to help prevent antibiotic resistance.
You don’t want to really ask or demand for your doctor to prescribe antibiotics if they don’t feel that it’s necessary.
Only take antibiotics when they’ve been prescribed to you by your physician. Be sure that you follow those directions that your physician gives you on how to properly take your antibiotic. Be sure to complete your full course of antibiotics, even if you feel better. And also, don’t skip any doses and don’t share your medications with other people as well.