What are antibiotics ? What precautions must be taken while taking antibiotics ?

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asked May 18, 2018 in Class VIII Science by priya12 (-11,093 points)
What are antibiotics ? What precautions must be taken while taking antibiotics ?

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answered May 18, 2018 by aditya23 (-60 points)

Antibiotics are medicines produced by certain microorganisms to kill other disease- causing microorganisms. These medicines are commonly obtained from bacteria and fungi. Streptomycin, tetracycline, penicillin, etc. are common antibiotics.
Precautions to be taken while using antibiotics:

  • Antibiotics should be taken under the supervision of a well qualified doctor.
  • Course (intake) of antibiotics should be completed as per the prescription given by the doctor.
  • Antibiotics should be taken in the right amount and at the right time. A wrong dose of antibiotics makes the drug ineffective. Also, excessive consumption of drugs may kill the useful bacteria present in our body.

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answered Nov 15, 2018 by SamarthaMalik Basic (25 points)
Antibiotics were discovered for the sole purpose of fighting the bacteria in our body, previously there was no such medicine to counter the bacteria inside our bodies. But, with the help of antibiotics, we can directly target the harmful bacteria in our system without killing the good bacteria.

Thanks to @aditya123 for his contribution to the answer.

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