Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says | Society | The Guardian

Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public is wrong and should be overturned.

Source: Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says | Society | The Guardian

It seems that the whole recommendation about antibiotics has been wrong. Logically, finishing the prescription made sense. Stopping when you feel better is a subjective standard and if you were really still sick it would allow germs that were hardened to the antibiotics to survive. The evidence shows that logic is wrong.

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  1. the idea that antibiotics must be completed is actually a good one. doctors historically here in the US have been reducing the dosages and/or duration of treatment since the 1960’s with the eruption of several drug resistant bacteria. The “normal” dosage for say erythromycin is 10 days now. Back in the early 1950s, the duration was 21 days. So, while the article is accurate it is misleading for the average patient who does not know (or care to know) drug history. I would still worry that patients and some health professionals would assume that it would be just fine to stop taking their medications early when there could be negative consequences to that action.

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