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For what reason(s) must you always complete a course of antibiotics?

What do you think?


 

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Why should you always complete a course of antibiotics?
« Reply #1 on: 28/10/2009 10:07:36 »
Main reason: To be sure all bacteria are dead.
If you bring bacteria in contact with Antibiotics, but not in sufficient quantities or for a long enough period, there's a chance that there will be selection of the bacteria with a resistance for the taken Antibiotic.
Then, this one bacteria that underwent this selection might multiply in your body and next time, the Antibiotic you've taken before will not work anymore.
 

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Why should you always complete a course of antibiotics?
« Reply #2 on: 28/10/2009 19:53:28 »
Yes, as Nizzle says, it is to ensure that all of the bacteria are killed and that none survive to build up and pass on a tolerance to the antibiotic, which would render it useless.
 

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Why should you always complete a course of antibiotics?
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