Antibiotics no use for colds and flus

As you will know from attending the GPs in Kilmacud Medical Centre, we strive hard to keep our antibiotic prescribing to a minimum. Current evidence suggest that there is no point in prescribing antibiotics for simple coughs, colds, sore throats and flu like illness. We are facing a  huge increase in antibiotic resistance in the world today largely due to inappropriate use of antibiotics. Restricting antibiotic use to a limited number of serious infections can reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance and prevent unwanted and sometimes dangerous side effects