Antibiotics are not painkillers and cannot cure every illness.
The current challenges related to antibiotic resistance are unique and differ from the challenges of the past since new bacterial pathogens are involved and they continue to evolve. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them. New bacteria with resistance to multiple antibiotic classes have emerged and discovery of new antibiotics has failed to match. It is a rising concern as awareness about harmful effects of antibiotic self medication is lacking. Antibiotics do not work like painkillers and cannot relieve headaches, aches, pains or fevers.
- Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections and cannot help you recover from infections caused by viruses such as the common cold or the flu.
- Up to 80% of winter illnesses affecting your nose, ears, throat and lungs are of viral origin, so taking antibiotics will not make you feel better.
Inappropriate antibiotic use, predisposes patients to drug interactions, masking symptoms of an underlying disease, and triggers the development of resistant bacteria. When the bacteria becomes resistant to the antibiotic, it will fail to respond to that antibiotic. This resistance may result in prolonged illnesses, more doctor visits, extended hospital stays, the need for more expensive medications, and can be life threatening.
With antibiotics we need to keep in mind:
- Never try to buy antibiotics without a prescription.
- Complete the treatment prescribed by Doctor
- Never avoid treatment upon the improvement of disease symptoms
- Never save antibiotics for later use.
- Never use leftover antibiotics from previous treatments.
- Never share leftover antibiotics with other people.
We need to be aware that antibiotics can only be prescribed by medical practitioner who has examined you.