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Antibiotics

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Introduction
Antibiotics are medications used to treat, and in some cases prevent, bacterial infections.
Uses of antibiotics
Antibiotics may be used to treat, or in some cases prevent, bacterial infections.
Considerations
Some important considerations associated with the six main classes of antibiotics are listed below.
Side effects of antibiotics
The most common side effects of antibiotics affect the digestive system. These occur in around 1 in 10 people.
Interactions with other medicines
Antibiotics can sometimes interact with other medicines or other substances. This means that the effects of one of the medicines can be altered by the other.
Frequently asked questions
Read answers to some common questions about antibiotics, including why they shouldn't be used to treat coughs and colds, what is antibiotic resistance and when are antibiotics needed.