Amoxicillin Not Effective In Treating Most Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

amoxicillin anthony clavienVery few people are unaware of the terrible flu system the US is experiencing this season, bringing the issue of staying as healthy as possible to the forefront of our minds. It is important to nurture your immune system during cold and flu season. People in the know are aware that the first line of defense against getting sick is a strong immune system, and it may help to avoid those germs wreaking havoc on your body.

When any illness strikes, many rush into the doctors office wanting a prescription for antibiotics to help them get well, but this may not be in your best interests.  According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K., Amoxicillin didn’t help treat the symptoms of a lower respiratory tract infection any better than a placebo treatment.

Patients in the study had lower respiratory tract infections without suspicion of pneumonia, and were treated with either amoxicillin or a placebo. The results showed that there was little difference in the symptoms between the two at the end of the week. Another interesting note – there were more side effects present with those who took the amoxicillin.

Researcher Paul Little stated, “Our results show that most people get better on their own…using amoxicillin to treat respiratory infections in patients not suspected of having pneumonia is not likely to help and could be harmful.” This is not to suggest that no one should take the medication to treat an illness, it just makes finding the individuals who will benefit from it that much more important.

Many doctors are cautious about handing out antibiotics for just anything these days, which is a good since there are dangers associated with the over-use of these drugs. When taken too often, one runs the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Whether it’s the flu or a respiratory infection, antibiotics should be used cautiously. As it is with most illness, prevention is generally the best form of action.

Anthony Clavien

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