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...