There are many types of prescription medicines used to help people manage their health. Your doctor and your pharmacist are your best sources to learn about your prescription medicines.
Guidelines for taking every kind of prescription medicine could fill a whole shelf of books. This topic gives you basic information about antibiotics, minor tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
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Antibiotics are drugs that kill bacteria. But they only work against bacteria. They don't kill viruses, so they won't work against a cold, the flu, or another viral illness. Unless you have a bacterial infection, it's best to avoid the possible harmful effects of antibiotics, which may include:
If you and your doctor decide that you need an antibiotic, carefully follow the instructions for taking the medicine.
For more information, see the topic Using Antibiotics Wisely.
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