Sometimes the Best Prescription is
NO Prescription.

It's Time to Get the Facts Straight.

When Might Your Medical Provider Prescribe Antibiotics?

  • Bronchitis/Chest Cold (otherwise healthy child/adult)
  • Common Cold or Runny Nose
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Sore Throat (except for strep)
  • Fluid in Middle Ear (without infection)
  • Ear Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Bladder or Kidney Infection
  • Sinus Infection
  • Whooping Cough
  • Strep Throat

Just the Facts

  • Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, not viral infections
  • The best way to treat most colds, coughs and sore throats is plenty of fluids and rest
  • Side effects can occur when taking antibiotics including skin rashes, diarrhea or yeast infections
  • There are risks of overuse – super-strains of resistant bacteria are developing due to community overuse of antibiotics
  • Using antibiotics when not needed makes them less effective
  • The best way to treat most colds, coughs and sore throats is plenty of fluids and rest

Doctor knows best

  • Don’t demand a prescription
  • Your medical provider is looking out for your health and well-being
  • Allow your medical provider to assess your health and only prescribe antibiotics when medically indicated/appropriate

Using antibiotics when not needed can cause bacteria to grow into super bugs. This could make your next infection much harder to treat.

Of all antibiotics prescribed up to 50% are not prescribed appropriately.

Out of 40 Million People

who are given antibiotics for respiratory issues annually in the US, over 27 million did not need them.


What if your medical provider does not recommend antibiotics?

  • While antibiotics cannot treat infections caused by viruses, there are still a number of things you or your child can do to relieve some symptoms and feel better while a viral illness runs its course
  • Over-the-counter medicines may also help relieve some symptoms

General Advice to Feel Better

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer to relieve congestion
  • Avoid smoke, chemicals and other things that may irritate your nose or throat
  • Take acetaminophen such as Tylenol, ibuprofen such as Advil, or naproxen such as Aleve, to relieve pain or fever (consult with your medical provider about what is safe to give your child)
  • Saline nasal sprays or drops may relieve stuffy noses

Follow your Medical Provider's Advice

  • If your medical provider prescribes antibiotics, complete the full course even if you feel better/symptoms are gone, unless directed by your provider
  • Never save or use leftover antibiotics
  • Never share antibiotics with others

You can prevent many infections on your own

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Do not go to work or school when you are sick

Top 3 Questions

you can ask your medical provider about antibiotics

  1. Can I get better without this antibiotic?

  2. What side effects or drug interactions can I expect

  3. What side effects should I report to you?