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Discharge Instructions: Taking Antibiotics

Your doctor prescribed an antibiotic for you. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections in different parts of the body. Antibiotics do not treat the flu or other viral infections. 

The name of my antibiotic is ____________________________________________.

Guidelines for Use

  • Follow the fact sheet that came with your medication. It tells you when and how to take your medication. Ask for a sheet if you didn’t get one.

  • Do not share this medication with anyone.

  • Tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter or herbal medications.

  • Tell your doctor if you have any allergies.

  • Take your medication exactly as directed.

  • Keep taking your medication until it is all gone—even if you feel better. If you don’t take it all, your symptoms may return and may be harder to treat.

  • Take your doses at evenly spaced times throughout the day and night. This keeps an even amount of medication in your blood.

  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember—unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the dose you missed. Don’t take a double dose.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Do not drink more than 2 glasses of beer or wine; or 2 mixed drinks containing 1 ounce of alcohol.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fast, pounding heartbeat

  • Skin rash

  • Hives

  • Severe cramping or pain in your stomach or abdomen

  • Severe watery or bloody diarrhea

  • Unusual bleeding

  • Unusual bruising

Possible Side Effects

Tell your doctor if you have any of these side effects. Don’t stop taking the medication until your doctor tells you to. Mild side effects include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache

  • Mild stomach cramps






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