Public health England have produced a document explains how to use antibiotics responsibly for patients, animal keepers and pet owners, and prescribers.
- Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals
- Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate
- Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic. They become ‘antibiotic resistant’ so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it
- Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, never saved for later or shared with others; it is important we use antibiotics in the right way, the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic resistance
- There are very few new antibiotics in the development pipeline, which is why it is important we use our existing antibiotics wisely and make sure these lifesaving medicines continue to stay effective for us, our children and grandchildren
Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle