Apparently old prescription habits don’t change when it comes to antibiotics, despite numerous government warnings that they don’t work when it comes to treating sore throats, flu and bronchitis, etc., which are caused by viruses. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections such as the majority of urinary infections, bacterial pneumonia, and most eye and ear infections.
In fact, the CDC reports that “antibiotics were prescribed at 60% of doctors’ offices and in emergency rooms for sore throats in 2010. This is only slightly less than the 70% reported during the 1990’s.
”These findings show that reducing inappropriate prescribing is frustratingly, disappointingly slow,” remarked Dr. Jeffrey Linder, a physician researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
It was also noted that taking too many antibiotics may cause stomach pain and diarrhea by killing off the (so-called) 400 types of good bacteria needed by our digestive systems to convert food into energy, create Vitamin K and break-down certain drugs and carcinogens, while allowing drug-resistant germs, such as new strains of Superbugs including Niseria gonorrhoeae (see http://www.examiner.com/article/drug-resistant-gonorrhea-called-urgent-t...), E.coli and Clostridium Difficile to gain strength and multiply.
Readers can read more about Linder’s study, ( co-written with Dr, Michael Barnett of Brigham & Women’s Hospital) by reading his report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.