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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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