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How Long Does it Take for an Antibiotic to Work

By Edited May 29, 2014 0 1

A common question asked by people is "how long does it take for an antibiotic to work?"

how long does it take for an antibiotic to work

Once you start taking antibiotics the effects of the drug typically start to work fairly quickly. Now don't get this confused with how quickly you will notice your symptoms improving.

Chances are you won't notice any changes physically for a few days after starting your antibiotic prescription. It will take time for the antibiotics to start killing off the bacteria to a level where your body can start to recover. And depending on how bad the infection is this process can take even longer.

The one thing you need to remember is to take the full course of antibiotics that was prescribed to you. Often time's people stop taking them after they start to feel better, which is a big mistake.

drug resistant bacteria

You've probably heard about all of the drug resistant superbugs that are out there. Well, that's how they start. When the antibiotics don't fully kill the bacteria, the bacteria can mutate and become immune to that particular drug and now you've just created a superbug.

Just a quick recap on "how long does it take for an antibiotic to work?"

The answer is right away but you won't feel any improvement for at least a couple of days. And when you do start to feel better don't stop taking the antibiotics until you're done.



Oct 25, 2009 3:40pm
you will actually start to feel worse before you feel better the affects of the anti bodies will attack the infection/ virus and they will infact struggle with each other before more of the drug gets administared and takes its course ..give it 3-4- sometimes 5 days...make sure you take ALL the medicine even if you feel better !
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