If we carry on taking antibiotics when they are unnecessary, in the future some antibiotics may no longer work. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous – including setting broken bones, treatments for cancer, and routine operations.
As antibiotics are being used unnecessarily, bacteria are becoming resistant. This means some antibiotics are becoming ineffective, and may not work when you really need them to, which could put you and your family at risk of more serious, or longer, illnesses.
Leeds, the future of antibiotics is in our hands.
Antibiotics will not treat coughs, colds or a sore throat. Taking them when you don’t need to could mean they don’t work when you really need them.
Urinary tract infection (UTIs) are becoming harder to treat as the bacteria are becoming resistant.
Never stop taking antibiotics becasuse you feel better. Always finish your full course as the doctor has prescribed.
Sharing antibiotics with friends and family, or storing them for the future, can do more harm than good.