Is it bad to go off antibiotics early?

I dont think i needed them in the first place, I had the flu which is viral not baterial.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You should always finish your antibiotics.

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Unless you are having an allergic reaction to the medication, yes it's bad to go off the antbiotics early. Always finish the full course of meds. If you don't, you could have a relapse, which is harder to fight.

    BTW...the flu is usually bacterial and not viral. I've even been given a prescription for viral infections, because I was so ill.

    Take ALL of your meds.

    Source(s): Voice of experience.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If there is an infection in the body and the antibiotics are taken to kill the bacterias causing it, it wud be necessary to take the full course so that half way dead bacteria do not become antibiotic resistant. In case of viral infection, antibiotics are taken to prevent secondary infection caused during the viral infection. One is not sure if the said bacterial infection developed or not. It is therefore desirable to complete the course to prevent medicine resistant bacteria.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes! If you stop the antibiodics early the problem will reoccur. You may knock it down to where you don't have any symptoms after taking the antibiodics but the infection may still be present and then come back twice as bad. Not a good idea to stop them early. I've done it just to have to take another round of them. Don't do it!

    Source(s): Personal exp.
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  • 1 decade ago

    If you did not have any side effects or strange reaction to the medicine you should finish its course. You might get the flu again because you did not allow the antibiotics to complete its purpose.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is very important to finish your antibiotic. Your doctor might have seen something that he thought required antibiotics. When my kids had the flu the doctor put them on antibiotics because he said it sounded like it was going into their chest. I hope you feel better and I hope you finish taking the antibiotics.

  • Tannu
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Yes it is very important to complete the antibiotic course. If not our body produce antibodies againts that anti biotic and we become resistant to that drug . It won't be helpfull for us any longer.

    Source(s): Medical profession
  • 1 decade ago

    You've already been taking them so yes definately finish. May have fought off a different bacteria.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes because if you quit early, then just the symptom is taken care of not the cause and it will flare back up and you;ll be right back in the dr. office asking for more anti.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, you need to take the whole prescripton or you may get the problem back.

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