Antibiotics: Questions to ask your doctor

In our previous blog post on antibiotics, we took a closer look at what these amazing medicines are all about, how they help our body, and the similarities between the thousands of different types of antibiotics available.

Here, we look at some of the questions you should ask your doctor if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics – or any medication for that matter!

  • What is it called and what is it used for?
  • How often should I take it?
  • Do I need to take it before or after food, and for how long?
  • Are there side effects? What are they?
  • Is it going to interact with any of my current medications, for example my contraceptive pill?
  • Is there a generic I can use? (this is cheaper but sometimes your doctor will want you to use the original medication)
  • What should I do if I still don’t feel better after I’ve completed the course of antibiotics?

As long as they’re taken correctly and prescribed by your doctor, antibiotics will continue to be effective, and at times life-saving, medications. Through overuse or inappropriate use we run the very real risk of facing bacterial infections that are resistant to our treatments. My hope is that by working together we can avoid this. Education, information and access to reliable health advice is the only way forward, which is why Hello Doctor should always be your first stop!

Written by Dr Lynelle Hoeks

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