Stop Taking Antibiotics When You Feel Better?

Taking a shorter course of antibiotics may be just as effective, plus do a better job at preventing antibiotic resistance.

Conventional wisdom: Antibiotic regimens should be taken in full, even after the patient feels healthy again.  Contrarian view: Shorter courses are often just as effective and do a better job at preventing antibiotic resistance.  You know the drill: When you’re prescribed a typical seven- to 14-day antibiotic course, do not, repeat, do not forget to take all the drugs. This take-all-your-pills orthodoxy, championed since the discovery of antibiotics some 70 years ago, is based on...

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