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Antibiotic treatment – How long is short enough?

In this video Dr Dag Berild challenges the concept that taking whole antibiotic courses prevents bacteria from becoming resistant.

You have probably learned at some time in your life that completing whole antibiotic courses prevents bacteria from becoming resistant.

While this is true for infections with microbes such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a majority of other infectious agents, such practice is debatable. Prolonging antibiotic exposure may actually increase the selection pressure for antibiotic resistance. In this video Dr Dag Berild discusses numerous randomized control studies indicating that, for a range of common infections, short treatments have not been inferior to long treatments.

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