Many Americans Take Antibiotics Without a Prescription – News Health

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MONDAY, July 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — No one would argue that antibiotics are an amazing 20th-century innovation, promising a quick cure for bacterial illnesses that might otherwise cause serious harm or death.

But they are not without risk, especially when taken without a doctor’s supervision.

Yet a new study review suggests that’s exactly what many Americans are doing: misusing “under-the-counter” or old leftover antibiotics to self-medicate without seeing a doctor or getting a prescription.

“There are clearly all kinds of ways people can get antibiotics without seeing a doctor,” noted study lead author Dr. Larissa Grigoryan. She’s an assistant professor of family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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