Eeeeekk! No, don't take them 'just in case'! It is a pet peeve of mine when drs do this.
I had a doctor friend admit to me once that sometimes they prescribe them so that the patient feels like they have 'done something'.
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08-07-2012 11:44 #11Senior Member
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08-07-2012 12:07 #12
Yep, they sound pretty incompetent.
A lot of doctors DO prescribe antibiotics even when they aren't needed. Because they get sick of being abused by patients who go there with a cold and expect Ab's. Believe me, patients get peeved when we tell them 'it is viral, you don't need antibiotics'.
Find a new doctor. even one that doesn't bulk bill. Just pay the $10-20 gap and get a decent doctor. Of course the massive bulk billing places get crap doctors (mostly from o/s), they are working for a pittance because medicare rates are so crap. And because they don't make much money, they are expected to churn through 4-5 patients an hour. Go to those places, I wouldn't expect quality care. Much better to find yourself a decent family practice and pay a bit of money. it's hardly hundreds of dollars anyway
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08-07-2012 12:26 #13Senior Member
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It is bad because it reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics when you do need them I beleive. Some GPs are very.. worrying..
My neighbour seems to be sick almost every week and she will take antibiotics all the time and they just don't work .. at one point she was taking an extremely high dose of antibiotics and was still hospitalised a week later with a chest infection.
My kids are prone to ear and throat infections and it really concerns me how often they have antibiotics but I don't know what else to do!!
If you don't need them definitely don't take them!
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