The bacteria making us sick develop resistance. That’s why antibiotics which really helped patients five to 10 years ago don’t do much today.
A government study suggests doctors prescribe antibiotics too often. Comparing the number of prescriptions to a state’s population shows Texas ranked 14th in how frequently antibiotics were prescribed.
KTRH Medical Expert Dr. Joe Galati agrees. “(Over prescription) is leading to problems in hospitals and patients are dying.”
Galati says, “Prescribing antibiotics for upper-respiratory problems, fever, coughs or sore throats are a mistake. Those are viral, not bacterial.”
Galati says patients often request antibiotics when they don’t need them, when they’re not an appropriate treatment. Doctors sometimes go along just to keep the patient happy.