Avoid prescribing Antibiotics to patients with seasonal fever, cough: IMA

HY News 04 March, 2023 02:52 pm IST

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Amid increasing patients of seasonal fever, cold and cough, The Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked the medical practitioners to avoid prescription of antibiotics.

While sharing a notice regarding this on Twitter, the association wrote, “There is a sudden increase in the number of patients having symptoms of cough nausea, vomiting, sore throat, fever, body ache and diarrhoea in some cases.

The association said that the fever goes away at the end of three days, but the cough can persist for up to three weeks. As per information from NCDC most of the cases are H3N2 influenza virus.

The body added that it is common to have seasonal cold or cough during October to February period, because of influenza and other viruses.

IMA pointed out that people have started taking antibiotics like Athreycin and Amoxiclav etc without caring for dose and frequency and they stop it once start feeling better. They added that this needs to be stopped as it leads to antibiotic resistance.

“Whenever there will be a real use of antibiotic, they will not work due to the resistance," the IMA wrote.

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