Dangers Of Taking Antibiotics Are Not According To Doctor’s Recommendations?
Hello doctor, I want to ask about antibiotics. Why should antibiotics be taken until they run out? And when giving antibiotics, the doctor gave a statement that must be taken 3 times a day with an interval of 8 hours. R n My question, what if taking the drug is not regular every 8 hours? What are the consequences or effects of not taking antibiotics as recommended? Explanation please. Thank you
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Antibiotics are drugs that are intended to kill germs that cause infectious diseases in the body. To kill all the germs that cause disease, antibiotic exposure is needed for the right duration and in the right dose. When antibiotic exposure is lacking or not given in an appropriate time, the bacteria that cause the disease will remain in the body. What makes these germs more dangerous is that they have already been exposed to antibiotics, so they can recognize the antibiotics that we give. Germs that have recognized antibiotics but do not die slowly will create a system to prevent antibiotics from weakening or killing these germs, for example by changing their body shape or making new substances to fight antibiotics. This is what we call antibiotic resistance. These germs that do not die will multiply and become numerous, so that there will be many germs that are resistant and cause more severe illness that can even be life threatening. Therefore, since the initial exposure to antibiotics, the dose and duration of antibiotic administration must be strictly considered, so that all germs that cause disease can be killed. Thus, antibiotic resistance will not develop. Keep taking your antibiotics even though you feel better.
As I mentioned before, to kill germs, appropriate exposure and dosage is required. Each antibiotic has different rules of use. If mentioned must be consumed 3 times a day, meaning that the drug must be taken every 8 hours to keep the dose of the drug in the body always enough to kill germs. Medication that must be taken 1 time a day means that it must be taken every 24 hours, medicine that must be taken 2 times a day means it must be taken every 12 hours, and so on. If it is not regular, the dose of the drug in the body is not controlled, so the germs may not be killed completely and cause antibiotic resistance as I mentioned earlier. If you forget a few hours with your medicine, immediately take your medication without doubling the dose. However, try to always take your medication regularly and according to the dosage recommended by your doctor.
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