Antibiotics • What type of organism do they target? • Bacteria • What do they do to be effective? • Control Growth • Kill bacteria • When aren’t they effective? • Viruses – use antivirals
Spectrums • Wide-spectrum • Can target many different kinds of bacteria. • Narrow-spectrum • Can target only specific types of bacteria. • Why does this matter?
What are antibiotic-resistant bacteria? • Simply, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are bacteria that are able to defend themselves from antibiotic agents. • How? • Mutations • Some are naturally resistant • Some bacteria pass genetic information between each other for survival
Proper usages • Basically, listen to your prescribing doctor’s instructions. If there are questions, there is no one better to go to than your doctor. • Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Don’t go to it for instructions of how to use antibiotics. • Don’t waver from doctor’s orders. • A general prescription lasts sixty days