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Antibiotics are used in the treatment of bacterial infections. They
specifically target bacteria, microorganisms, fungi and parasites within
your body that have caused infection, but they are not effective in
treating viral infections. A virus is actually a molecule that replicates
in the body, and therefore can't be treated by antibiotics. The first step
to using antibiotics effectively is to determine whether your illness is
bacterial or viral. Your physician will prescribe an antibiotic if he feels
that you can't naturally ward off infection on your own. Typically, if your
white blood cell counts are low, you will be prescribed a type of
antibiotic that will target the kind of infection you have. Once you are
prescribed antibiotics, follow these rules for using the medication

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· Take the prescribed amount of medication at the recommended time.
Particularly with strong antibiotics, it is important to take the
medication as directed on the label. Antibiotics are prescribed based on
the type and strength needed to fight your infection. Doubling up on pills
or taking them late could diminish their effectiveness, and could cause
side effects like an stomach upset or dizziness.
· Take the medication according to the written directions. Some
antibiotics will need to be


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