What are antibiotics? What precautions must be taken while taking antibiotics?
Antibiotics are medicines produced by certain microorganisms to kill other disease- causing microorganisms. These medicines are commonly obtained from bacteria and fungi. Streptomycin, tetracycline, penicillin, etc. are common antibiotics.
Precautions to be taken while using antibiotics:
- Antibiotics should be taken under the supervision of a well qualified doctor.
- Course (intake) of antibiotics should be completed as per the prescription given by the doctor.
- Antibiotics should be taken in the right amount and at the right time. A wrong dose of antibiotics makes the drug ineffective. Also, excessive consumption of drugs may kill the useful bacteria present in our body.