Antibiotics

Antibiotics are medicines used to treat a wide variety of infections or diseases caused by bacteria including respiratory tract infections (such as whooping cough and pneumonia), and skin and urinary tract infections.

If you are prescribed antibiotics, it is important that you follow your health professional’s advice on when, how, and for how long to take them. Find out more about how to take your antibiotics, if alcohol will affect your antibiotics, and if antibiotics can affect your contraceptive.

Using antibiotics when you don’t need them (e.g. if you have a cold or flu) can contribute to the problem of antibiotic resistance. Find out more about what antibiotic resistance is and what you can do to prevent it.

You can also search for your antibiotic by type or brand name.

Join the fight against antibiotic resistance

NPS MedicineWise antibiotic resistance pledge badge

The development of antibiotics was one of the most important advances of medicine. Now, because of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat.

This is due to antibiotic resistance. It has been identified by the WHO as one of the greatest threats to human health today.

Take the pledge now 

For health professionals 


a doctor speaking to an elderly gentleman patient

Antibiotic resistance is everyone's problem. All health professionals have a responsibility to preserve the miracle of antibiotics.

If you are prescribing, dispensing or working with people taking antibiotics, take the pledge and help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Take the health professional pledge now 

Latest information - antibiotics

Audience:
       

For health professionals (Topic)
29 Jul 2014 A pledge to fight antibiotic resistance for doctors, GPs and other health professionals
For health professionals (Condition)
10 Jul 2014 Asymptomatic bacteriuria is common and in most cases has not shown to be harmful. Treatment with antibiotics is not necessary, unless in a population where treatment is considered beneficial.
(Condition)
10 Jul 2014 There are several different types of antibiotics that can be used, if they are needed, to treat urinary tract infections and the best antibiotic for you will depend on which bacteria are causing it. Find out more.
(Condition)
10 Jul 2014 You may be prescribed one of several different types of antibiotic to treat a urinary tract infections (UTIs). Find out more
(Health professional development)
04 Jul 2014 Free continuing professional development activities on antibiotics for health professionals
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
02 Jul 2014 The latest WHO report signals an end to thinking about antibiotic resistance as a challenge for the future. Resistance to some of our most powerful antibiotics is happening right now. Discover which microbes are causing the greatest threat to public health in Australia and around the world. Learn steps to promoting antimicrobial stewardship and the tools to share it with your patients.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
02 Jul 2014 The latest WHO report signals an end to thinking about antibiotic resistance as a challenge for the future. Resistance to some of our most powerful antibiotics is happening right now. Discover which microbes are causing the greatest threat to public health in Australia and around the world. Learn steps to promoting antimicrobial stewardship and the tools to share it with your patients.
(Condition)
01 Jul 2014 Antibiotics, cranberry products, intravaginal oestrogen & hexamine hippurate have all been shown to prevent urinary tract infectons (UTIs) in some people. Find out more
(Media release)
24 Jun 2014 As cold and flu season gets into full swing, NPS MedicineWise is warning that a lack of understanding about when to use antibiotics — and a desire to get back to work faster after a cold or flu — could be contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistance in Australia.
For health professionals (Health professional development)
27 May 2014 This free online course on antibiotic prophylaxis and surgery is for pharmacists, nurses and students.