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.
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Join the fight against antibiotic resistance
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
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