What are Antibiotics?

Dr. Alan Low, BSc.(Pharm.), Pharm. D., FCSHP, discusses antibiotics.

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Dr. Alan Low, BSc.(Pharm.), Pharm. D., FCSHP, discusses antibiotics.
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Featuring Dr. Alan Low, BSc. (Pharm.), Pharm. D., FCSHP, Pharmacist

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Antibiotics are antibacterial medications. They’re drugs used to treat bacterial infections. These medications, they circulate in our bloodstream, and they reach the area where the infection is, and they work to kill the bacteria.

So although these antibiotics ay start to work right away when you start taking them – and you’ll see improvements - the symptoms will begin to go away. You do need to finish antibiotics that have been given to you.

And you follow the instructions that are prescribed to you by the doctor. This is important, because if you don’t take the antibiotics for the full duration, you can run into problems where you can get resistant bacteria.

So these hardy bacteria that might be leftover if you stop your drugs early will become quite resistant, they will develop resistant strains, and that’s what we talk about resistant bacteria, and then they’re harder to treat, so your usual antibiotics might not work as well anymore.

And if you experience any side effects from this treatment, be sure to speak with your pharmacist or doctor about what other options are available in your particular situation.

This information is not meant to replace any directions and instructions provided to you by your health care providers, so speak to them if you have further questions.

Presenter: Dr. Alan Low, Pharmacist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pharmacist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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