Antibiotics don’t work for many colds, coughs, or sore throats. Antibiotics are important medicines for treating bacterial infections. But bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.
This means antibiotics are becoming less effective. The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them. If this happens they will no longer be able to treat infections.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patients’ safety. It is driven by using antibiotics too often and for the wrong things. To ensure that antibiotics continue to be effective, it is important to use antibiotics in the right way – to use the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, for the right duration. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others.