Why We Don't Prescribe Routine Antibiotics
Updated: Sep 21
The use of routine antibiotics, especially when not medically necessary, has several drawbacks and potential negative consequences. Here are a few reasons why routine antibiotics should be avoided:
One of the most significant concerns associated with routine antibiotic use is the development of antibiotic resistance. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics contribute to the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria. When antibiotics are used unnecessarily, bacteria can adapt and become resistant to their effects, rendering them less effective in treating bacterial infections. This poses a significant threat to public health, as it limits treatment options for bacterial infections and increases the risk of prolonged illness or complications.
Disruption of Normal Flora
Antibiotics not only target harmful bacteria but also affect the beneficial bacteria that make up our normal microbiota. These bacteria play crucial roles in maintaining our overall health, such as aiding digestion, supporting immune function, and preventing the colonization of harmful bacteria. Routine antibiotic use can disrupt this delicate balance and potentially lead to adverse health effects, including gastrointestinal disturbances, susceptibility to infections, and other complications.
Side Effects and Allergic Reactions
Antibiotics are not without risks. They can cause various side effects, ranging from mild gastrointestinal disturbances to more severe allergic reactions. Routine use of antibiotics increases the likelihood of experiencing these side effects unnecessarily, which can have a negative impact on an individual's health and quality of life.
As a result, Dr. John prescribes antibiotics only when necessary and not routinely.