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Antibiotics treat certain bacterial infections and are life-saving when used properly – they DON'T work for every sickness such as the common cold, flu and sore throat (except strep).

Your medical provider will prescribe an antibiotic if they think it's appropriate and will help with your treatment.

Taking an antibiotic when you shouldn't kills good bacteria and can cause your body to become resistant to antibiotics. It also won't help you recover, and the side effects could hurt you.



Common Illnesses

Learn when antibiotics are and aren’t needed for common infections.

Symptom Relief

What you can do to relieve some symptoms while a viral illness runs its course. The pharmacy at Redfern sells many over-the-counter products that can help you feel better.

Learn More

CDC: Antibiotic Prescribing and Use

CDC: What Everyone Should Know

The Joint Commission: SpeakUp: Antibiotics

The Joint Commission. (February 2017). SpeakUp:Antibiotics. Retrieved from URL