The debate over antibiotic use: 4 key points

For years, researchers have gone back and forth about whether patients should complete their antibiotic course even if symptoms subside, according to CNN.

Here are four key points:

1. United Kingdom researchers published an analysis saying completing an antibiotic course may in fact be harmful as it can boost antibiotic resistance.

2. Rather than completing the course, researchers suggest a different approach. They say providers should advocate for a "stop when you feel better" route.

3. However, the researchers say more research is needed before medical professionals can roll out this approach, as it may not pertain to all infections.

4. The Royal College of General Practitioners say while new research is valuable, the medical community must exercise caution and not change their behavior based on one study's results. The organization, therefore recommends providers encourage patients to finish their antibiotic course until more evidence surfaces.

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