The effectiveness of frequent antibiotic use in reducing the risk of infection-related hospital admissions: results from two large population-based cohorts

Repeated courses of antibiotics, although common practice, may have limited benefit and indicator of adverse outcomes. A potential mechanism is that antibiotics may cause dysbiosis (perturbations of intestinal microbiota), contributing to colonization with resistant bacteria. Antibiotics should be used judiciously and only periodically unless indicated. Antimicrobial stewardship should include activities focusing on the substantive number of patients who repeatedly but intermittently get antibiotics. BMC Medicine

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