They ADMITTED it was wrong.
They WARNED that patients were being hurt.
And they VOWED to change it… quickly.
So what’s happened to the big promise to cut back on unnecessary antibiotic use in the United States, especially among seniors? I have a feeling you already know.
Yep – it’s another empty vow that mainstream medicine has failed to keep. And as a result, patients are STILL being hurt by the overuse of these common meds.
Plus, new numbers show it’s actually getting worse, not better.
But not for you. I’ve got a battle plan for antibiotics to help ensure you’re NOT a victim of this rampant problem.
Protection from America’s BIGGEST ‘drug problem’
Antibiotics aren’t what you think of when you hear the words “drug problem.” It’s not an addiction issue. And patients certainly aren’t slipping into back allies looking for an antibiotic fix.
But at the end of the day, that’s what the antibiotic crisis actually is… a drug problem.
New numbers show 43 percent of all antibiotics prescribed in the United States are either totally… or very likely… unnecessary. And the reason why is simple. Many docs prescribe these drugs when they don’t know what else to do.
You can’t be TOO hard on them. Doctors are under a lot of pressure to see as many patients as possible in the shortest amount of time. Some are even penalized for spending too much time on a single patient. (Yes, REALLY.)
So, for example, when a doctor sees someone with a respiratory infection, they don’t always have the time to figure out if it’s viral or bacterial. Maybe it’s a UTI that might go away on its own in a few days, but there aren’t any open slots for a follow-up visit if it doesn’t. Or perhaps they just have no clue what’s going on. And full testing would take too long or won’t be covered by insurance.
So in all these cases… and more… many doctors take the easiest path. And that, of course, is prescribing a “just in case” course of antibiotics for everyone… even though most don’t need it.
Overuse of antibiotics puts YOU in harm’s way
The shotgun approach to antibiotics is a BIG problem for you in three potentially devastating ways…
- Over the short-term, you’ll face possible side effects like diarrhea and dehydration, which can turn life-threatening if you’re seriously ill. Some antibiotics pack other risks, including a few that are horrifying like sudden tendon ruptures.
- Over the middle term, antibiotic overuse can lead to a secondary infection as the drug wipes out healthy gut flora, allowing unhealthy germs to thrive.
- Over the longer term, antibiotic use can allow bacteria to become resistant, setting the stage for new infections that may be difficult or even impossible to treat. And you’re not the only one at risk. The superbug threat becomes a risk to ALL of us.
But you CAN help protect yourself.
If a doctor seems like he’s trying to rush you out of the office, slow him down. Ask what the diagnosis is and why the drugs might be appropriate.
And just as importantly, ask about other options – including the wait-and-see approach for less serious infections. That’s when your doc writes you that prescription, so you don’t darken his door again in a few days if you’re not better.
But you don’t fill it right away. Give it a day or two. If you’re still miserable after a few days, you take the meds. On the other hand, if you’re all better, you might be able to toss the script.
But remember, ONLY try this approach if your doctor is on board.