Antibiotic Effectiveness for Cough Questioned in Medical Journal

A recent original research article in the British Medical Journal finds in a multi-country European study that antibiotic recommendations for acute respiratory tract infections vary from practice to practice with no difference in effectiveness between antibiotic course OR no antibiotics prescribed.  This information is consistent with CDC recommendations to forego antibiotics in acute respiratory tract infections as most are of viral origin.  The major caveat to this is strep throat – a bacterial respiratory tract infection that should be treated with antibiotics.

Be Well,

Richard

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