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August 21, 2017

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Should you complete your course of prescribed antibiotics?

Should patients take their full prescribed course of antibiotics or not? That question has been the subject of a recent article published in British Medical Journal. Dr. Rizwan Sohail and Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, infectious diseases specialists and members of Mayo Clinic's Enterprise Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, encourage health care providers to prescribe the shortest effective course of antibiotics for the treatment of uncomplicated infections. They say patients should be advised and encouraged to complete the prescribed course of antibiotics. "The message…

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