Taking antibiotics for colds and flu? There’s no point.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305174
Title:
Taking antibiotics for colds and flu? There’s no point.
Authors:
Health Service Executive (HSE); Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP); Irish Pharmacy Union
Publisher:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Issue Date:
Nov-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305174
Item Type:
Patient Information Leaflet
Language:
en
Description:
What are antibiotics? Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics don’t work against infections caused by viruses, such as colds and flu. So there’s no point taking antibiotics to treat a cold or flu, and no point asking your doctor to prescribe them for a cold or flu. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them, like for a cold or flu, is a waste. It can also mean that they won’t work when you really need them for a serious infection. This is called antibiotic resistance and it happens when bacteria are exposed to antibiotics and learn to resist them. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed also puts you at risk of side effects, like a rash, upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Keywords:
HEALTH PROMOTION; INFLUENZA
Local subject classification:
COMMON COLD; VIRUS; ANTIBIOTICS

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHealth Service Executive (HSE)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorIrish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorIrish Pharmacy Unionen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-11T11:19:13Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-11T11:19:13Z-
dc.date.issued2012-11-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/305174-
dc.descriptionWhat are antibiotics? Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics don’t work against infections caused by viruses, such as colds and flu. So there’s no point taking antibiotics to treat a cold or flu, and no point asking your doctor to prescribe them for a cold or flu. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them, like for a cold or flu, is a waste. It can also mean that they won’t work when you really need them for a serious infection. This is called antibiotic resistance and it happens when bacteria are exposed to antibiotics and learn to resist them. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed also puts you at risk of side effects, like a rash, upset stomach or diarrhoea.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHealth Service Executive (HSE)en_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH PROMOTIONen_GB
dc.subjectINFLUENZAen_GB
dc.subject.otherCOMMON COLDen_GB
dc.subject.otherVIRUSen_GB
dc.subject.otherANTIBIOTICSen_GB
dc.titleTaking antibiotics for colds and flu? There’s no point.en_GB
dc.typePatient Information Leafleten
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