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Antibiotics for Respiratory Illness in Adults (IDSA)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Lower Literacy, Lower Literacy Spanish, Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: Infectious Diseases Society of America
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 09/09/2022
If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Here’s when you need antibiotics, and when you don't.