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What are antibiotics? What precautions must be taken while taking antibiotics?

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Antibiotics are medicines produced by certain micro-organisms to kill other disease-causing microorganisms. Precautions to be taken while using antibiotics are: 

- Antibiotics should be taken under the supervision of a well qualified doctor. 

- Course (intake) of antibiotics should be completed as prescribed by the doctor. 

- Antibiotics should be taken in the right amount and at the right time. A wrong dose of antibiotics makes the drug ineffective. Also, excessive consumption of drugs may kill the useful bacteria present in our body.

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