10 Facts About Antibiotics


Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as the common cold or influenza; drugs which inhibit viruses are termed antiviral drugs or antivirals rather than antibiotics.

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Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent bacterial infections, and sometimes protozoan infections.

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Antibiotics are used to prevent infection in cases of neutropenia particularly cancer-related.

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Antibiotics are screened for any negative effects before their approval for clinical use, and are usually considered safe and well tolerated.

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Antibiotics are commonly classified based on their mechanism of action, chemical structure, or spectrum of activity.

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In France, an "Antibiotics are not automatic" government campaign started in 2002 and led to a marked reduction of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, especially in children.

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Antibiotics then proposed the idea that it might be possible to create chemicals that would act as a selective drug that would bind to and kill bacteria without harming the human host.

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Antibiotics observed that when he inoculated laboratory animals with lethal doses of typhoid bacilli together with Penicillium glaucum, the animals did not contract typhoid.

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Antibiotics observed that the presence of the mould killed or prevented the growth of the bacteria.

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Antibiotics initially characterised some of its biological properties, and attempted to use a crude preparation to treat some infections, but he was unable to pursue its further development without the aid of trained chemists.

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