Antibiotic resistance is a growing health concern, both in the United States and across the world, mainly due to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.
While antibiotics save lives, any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance.
At least 80 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority. Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious public health concerns in the United States and threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.
When we optimize how we use and prescribe these drugs, we protect people from unnecessary harm and combat antibiotic resistance. While many infections do not require antibiotics, there are other actions patients, with the help of healthcare providers, can take to lessen symptoms. Patients and providers can work together to combat antibiotic resistance through careful and appropriate use of these medications.
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/.