Antibiotics are drugs that kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, which is a growing public health concern.

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change their response to these medicines.

Here are some things you need to know about antibiotics:

1. Antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections such as the common cold or flu.

2. The overuse or misuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, making it harder to treat bacterial infections in the future. 

3. It is always good to finish the full course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, even if you start feeling better and the symptoms improve before the medication is finished. 

4. It is also important to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. It is not to be shared or saved for later use. 

Skipping doses or stopping treatment early can contribute to antibiotics resistance and make it harder to treat infections in the future. 

5. Antibiotics should only be used when necessary and for bacterial infections that are proven or strongly suspected. Using antibiotics for conditions they cannot treat, like viral infections, will not help and may cause harm. You can also speak to your healthcare provider.  

6. Some people may experience side effects from antibiotics, such as upset stomach, diarrhea, or allergic reactions. If you experience any unusual symptoms while taking antibiotics, contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

7. It is important to remember that antibiotics may be specific to the kind of bacteria they fight against, and may not be effective for all bacterial infections. Your healthcare provider will determine if an antibiotic is necessary in your case. 

8. To reduce the risk of developing antibiotic resistance, it is important to practice good hygiene habits like washing your hands regularly with soap and water, using hand sanitizers where soap and water are not accessible, and getting vaccinated against preventable diseases.

9. It is also important to dispose of unused antibiotics properly by returning them to a pharmacy or following local guidelines for safe disposal. 

10. Probiotics- probiotics may help restore healthy gut bacteria after taking antibiotics. You can also speak to your healthcare provider.

You can find some probiotics that can help here:

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