Why am I taking this medication?
Every patient should verify and understand the rationale as to why they’re being prescribed an antibiotic, says Norman Tomaka, MS, American Pharmacists Association spokesman and clinical consultant pharmacist in Melbourne, Florida. A JAMA study found that nearly a third of oral antibiotic treatments in the United States between 2010 and 2011 were inappropriately prescribed. Taking unnecessary antibiotics can make bacteria resistant to the drugs, so have an open discussion with your doctor to confirm your prescription is the best option. Here are common instances where you may not need an antibiotic.
When should I take this?
“There’s a difference between taking three times a day versus every eight hours,” says Barbara Young, Pharm.D., MHA, an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Consumer Medication Information editor. Antibiotics work best when taken at a consistent time between doses by keeping the right amount of the medication in your bloodstream. Instead of taking a pill with every meal, for instance, you and your doctor might find that a better timeframe would be as soon as you wake up, during a midday snack, and right before bed.