Why should I continue taking antibiotics even if I feel better?

You should continue taking antibiotics even if you feel better to be sure to kill off all the bacteria that's making you sick, and to avoid the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. If you don’t take all the doses of antibiotics you are given, only the weak bacteria will die, and the strong bacteria will not only survive, but learn how to resist antibiotics and become even stronger. These are antibiotic resistant bacteria, which can make you really sick.

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