Antibiotic use

Antibiotics are very effective drugs, as long as they are used appropriately. Contrary to popular belief, antibiotics do not work on viral illnesses.

Unfortunately, infections are developing that cannot be effectively treated by antibiotics – this is because some harmful organisms have become 'resistant' to them.

We are facing the possibility that some antibiotics may not be able to prevent or treat everyday infections or diseases.

To reduce the chances of this, doctors are now encouraged to prescribe antibiotics with caution.

Careful use of antibiotics means they will be more likely to work when needed.

Trust your GP’s clinical decision.

There is clear medical evidence that inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics can increase the possibility of infection from the 'super-bugs' such as:

• Clostridium Difficile
• MRSA

The information in the leaflet below will explain why your doctor has not given you a prescription during your visit, together with advice on how best to look after yourself through this period of minor illness and what to do if you are not getting better.

For further information see:

NHS Choices website
Patient Information website

Antibiotics May Not Always Be The Answer