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When should I take antibiotics?

You should take antibiotics to treat bacterial infections if your doctor prescribes them. It is very difficult for patients to determine when they might need antibiotics. A trained healthcare provider can only determine this. With that said, when you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you take them as prescribed.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Antibiotics kill both bad and good bacteria. In this video, Dr. Oz tells us when you should take antibiotics -- and when you should avoid them.


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