Apr 15, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: How can you be a more responsible patient when it comes to antibiotics? Dr. Sara Lamb, what is your advice?

Dr. Lamb: You don't want to take an antibiotic if it's not necessary. Number one, it'll cost you a lot of money, and it won't give you any benefit. Number two, you're setting yourself up for potential side effects or negative consequences from taking a drug. It's very important to understand what the potential outcome would be if you didn't take the antibiotic. There are several conditions that will improve in without antibiotics.

And third, I would say you put yourself in a position of being a vector, if you will, for communicating drug resistant organisms to people that you love, people that you live with, and people in the community who would otherwise be harmed by acquiring a drug resistant organism, bacteria, that wouldn't have been created if you would not have taken an antibiotic that wasn't necessary.

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