New thinking about antibiotics: Should doctors still advise patients to take the full course?
For generations, physicians have been telling patients to make sure they take the full course of antibiotics, but some doctors now question the advice. In an analysis published in The BMJ, a group of physicians argues that the advice to not stop antibiotics until the prescription is finished is not grounded in scientific evidence. The practice puts patients at risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given for longer than necessary, not when the medication is stopped early, the doctors from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the University of Oxford and other institutions said.
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