Health Team

Doctors More Reluctant to Prescribe Antibiotics

Posted January 26, 2007

— Christie Barber usually gets a bad cold in the winter, but a few months ago, one just wouldn't go away.

"I just had a lot of drainage and pressure, kind of, in the back of my throat," she said.

Her primary care doctor referred her to Rex Hospital ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Garside, who gave her an antibiotic.

"People, when they come to the doctor, expect to leave with something to make them feel better," Garside said.

But he only prescribes antibiotics after ruling out other options. He says many doctors use to over-prescribe antibiotics.

"The harm comes more so in what's going on in the community and the development of resistant bacteria," he said.

A study last fall in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed many children with ear infections got better without antibiotics and recovered at the same rate as children with a prescription.

It has fostered a "wait-and-see" approach. If pain caused by bacterial infection persists, then Garside offers an antibiotic.

It helped Barber.

"I mean, the infection's gone, which is the best part, but (I hope) that it continues to go away and get better," she said.

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  • lpomerleau Feb 2, 2007

    Virus+hydration and time and OTC's to recover= not incorrect useage of medications and misconceptions. And the big one you body becomes resistant to the antibiotics and you get sicker when you have a real bacterial infection.
    Bacterium= antibiotics and rest = correct useage of medications
    So stop being an idiot and looking for a quick (unreal fix) and suck it up.

  • WXYZ Feb 1, 2007

    The CHOICE: Get antibiotic, miss 1-2 days of work. Don't get antibiotic: stay at home (don't spread the germ)+ rest in bed + get cabin fever + suffer 4-6 days of headache, muscle ache, coughing, congestion, depression + run up credit card + ask for overtime to pay your bills.

  • builder276 Jan 27, 2007

    good, the body stops producing natural antibiotics when artificial 1s are used.