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Antibiotics are important for the treatment of some bacterial conditions including some which are mild, and others which can be life-threatening. However, antibiotics are also useless in treating many other conditions. Find out about the uses of antibiotics.
Learn about the antibiotics available. Learn whether a particular drug is suitable for you and how it should be taken, including advice about diet, alcohol intake and whether it can be taken at the same time as other medicines.
All medicines can cause side effects, and it's important that it is known what these are. If you think you have had a side-effect to one of your medicines you can report this on the Yellow Card Scheme.
The Yellow Card Scheme is used to make pharmacists, doctors and nurses aware of any new side-effects that medicines may have caused.
Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections. Learn more...
Antibiotics are a group of medicines that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and certain parasites. They do not work against infections that are caused by viruses - for example, the common cold or flu. Antibiotics are normally only prescribed for more serious bacterial infections - for example, pneumonia. Find out about what antibiotics are, how they are used, side effects and types of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are important medicines. They help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is driven by overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. It's important that we use antibiotics the right way, to slow down resistance and make sure these life-saving medicines remain effective for us and future generations.
Antibiotics are medications used to treat, and in some cases prevent, bacterial infections. They can be used to treat relatively mild conditions such as acne as well as potentially life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia. However, antibiotics has no benefit for other types of infection. Read the information on this page and watch the animation about the use of antibiotics for more information.