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Abuse of antibiotics. A study of patients attending a university clinic.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1156067     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Self-treatment with antibiotics was evaluated among patients at a university health service in an 18-month period. Sixty-two students ingested antibiotics, usually tetracycline (40%) or penicillin (21%), for varying intervals before seeking medical care. Respiratory symptoms were the most common reason (40%). The most frequent drug source was residual medication obtained by prescription from a private physician for a prior illness (43%). Although self-therapy was of short duration, the negative bacteriologic cultures obtained on our evaluation in all but four patients challenged precise diagnosis. The findings indicate that inappropriate use of antibiotics by patients would be curtailed by prescribing only the exact amount needed for a given illness and by emphasizing the need for completion of the course of therapy.
J H Chretien; M McGarvey; A deStwolinski; J G Esswein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of internal medicine     Volume:  135     ISSN:  0003-9926     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1975 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-11-06     Completed Date:  1975-11-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372440     Medline TA:  Arch Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1063-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ampicillin / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Anti-Bacterial Agents* / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Common Cold / drug therapy
Penicillins / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Pharyngitis / drug therapy
Private Practice
Respiratory Tract Diseases / drug therapy
Self Medication / adverse effects
Substance-Related Disorders*
Tetracycline / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Vaginitis / chemically induced
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents; 0/Penicillins; 60-54-8/Tetracycline; 69-53-4/Ampicillin

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