Is It Safe To Give The Same Drug For The Same Disease Over And Over Again?

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Good morning sir / ma’am Doctor. N nI want to ask, is it safe to give the same medicine for the same disease over and over again? Example: n nIn January 2017 I gave medicine A for my child’s cough, then he was cured. N Then in July 2017 he coughed again, then I gave medicine A again, and he recovered again. NThen in December 2017 he coughed again, then I gave drug A again, and he recovered again. N And so on over and over. N nIs this action safe Sir / Ma’am? Will this action make the virus / bacteria immune in the future? N nPlease explain, Sir / Ms Doctor. thanks.

1 Answer:

Hi AlbertCRI,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Need to be clear, what medicine do you mean?


Drugs or other medical measures are given when there are precise indications that require it. In some conditions, a drug can be given repeatedly to overcome a certain complaint or disease. This condition can be done right, but maybe not. However, in general, if the drug is given directly by a doctor after going through a comprehensive examination, and is consumed properly as directed, this condition is not dangerous.


For example the drug GG (glyceryl guaiacolate). This drug is a cough reliever that is useful for thinning phlegm. One of the ways to give this drug is to treat coughs that occur due to ARI (acute respiratory infection) or allergies. After the cough subsides, the consumption of this drug should be stopped. However, if the cough reappears, even if it is near or far away, then drug consumption can be repeated. The condition will not make the sufferer immune to the effects of the drug.


The second example is amoxicillin. This drug is included in the class of antibiotics which are useful in dealing with diseases caused by bacterial infections. This medicine can be given for example in people with respiratory infections, throat infections, ear infections, dental infections, and so on. Consumption of amoxicillin, like other drugs, must be done under the supervision of a doctor and spent, even though the complaint is felt to be getting better. If after recovering, the patient has an infection again, which is one indication of amoxicillin, then this drug can be given again, but still under the supervision of a doctor. What often triggers resistance (immunity) to antibiotics, including amoxicillin, is when the administration of this antibiotic is carried out carelessly, there are clear medical indications, or it is also used without proper rules (for example, stopped or added by yourself), and so on.


Therefore, related to your question, is it safe to give the same drug over and over again, the answer can be yes or no. This condition depends on the type of medicine, the type of disease, and whether the drug was prescribed directly by a doctor. Therefore, you should not take drugs carelessly (except over-the-counter drugs) other than if they were directly prescribed by the doctor who examined you.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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