Antibiotics

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Antibiotics treat bacterial infections

They work either by killing the bacteria or stopping them from breeding.

If suitable, our GPs can write you a prescription for antibiotics that you can pick up from your nearest pharmacy. They’ll prescribe the most suitable antibiotic for your illness and explain how to take your medication and how long you’ll need to take it for.

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Antibiotic resistance

You should only take antibiotics if you’ve got a bacterial infection and they are absolutely necessary.

Antibiotics often won't help you get better quicker, and they may actually cause side effects.

Taking them when you don’t need to, or only for minor conditions, also means that they become less effective and can leave you open to more severe infections in the future.

Generally, viral infections like a cold or flu will pass on their own, without antibiotics.

Our GPs will always have your best interest in mind, and recommend the treatment that they think is the most suitable.

How do antibiotics work?

First discovered in 1928, antibiotics revolutionised the way we treat infectious diseases. 

They work by disrupting the bacteria, preventing it from repairing itself and growing new cells.

Most antibiotics prescribed by doctors are known as 'broad spectrum' - which means they're effective against a wide range of bacteria.

However, there's also a variety of 'narrow spectrum' antibiotics that are used to tackle specific types of bacteria.

Broad spectrum antibiotics won't just kill off harmful bacteria, but can also affect the friendly bacteria that help maintain various aspects of your health.

If you've got a medical issue and are wondering whether antibiotics are the right option to treat it - speak to a doctor online now.