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  1. Arti says:

    Using antibiotics when you don’t need them may mean that they won’t work for you when you do need them in the future. If you’re concerned that you or a fewone in your care may have had side effects related to a medicine, seek medical advice. When antibiotics are necessary, the benefits far outweigh the risks, but when they are not needed, you are taking an unnecessary risk. Like all medicines, antibiotics have the potential to cause side effects. Good-quality, reliable clinical studies have shown that antibiotics do not improve the symptoms of a cold or the flu. This is because antibiotics work only on infections caused by bacteria – common colds and the flu are infections caused by viruses.

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