Why have I not been prescribed antibiotics?
Antibiotics are medications that are effective in treating bacterial infections. Many common
problems, including coughs, colds, and sore throats, are usually caused by viruses. Antibiotics don't
work against viruses. In addition, many common bacterial infections get better by themselves
without needing antibiotics.
Taking antibiotics when you do not need them can cause bacteria that normally live inside you to
become resistant to these drugs, leading to the potential for severe infections in the future that may
be difficult to treat. Antibiotics also have common side effects including nausea and diarrhoea.
If the clinician has not prescribed you antibiotics, they will have discussed with you what to watch for,
and when you might need to be reassessed if your problem is not improving.