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Questions to Ask your
Healthcare Provider
Before Asking for
an Antibiotic

Question #1: Could my symptoms be caused by
something other than bacteria (e.g.,
a virus or something that is not an
infection)?

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Question #2: What signs or symptoms should I
look for that could mean I might
need an antibiotic?

Question #3: Can I be monitored to see if my
symptoms improve with other
remedies, without using antibiotics?

Questions to Ask your
Healthcare Provider
When you are Prescribed
an Antibiotic

Question#1: What infection is the antibiotic
treating and how do you know I have
that infection?

Question #2: What side effects might occur from
this antibiotic?

Question #3: Could any of my other medications
interact with this antibiotic?

Question #4: How will I be monitored to know
whether my illness is responding to
the antibiotic?

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