5 times it’s okay to prescribe short-course antibiotics

Many shorter courses of treatment work just as well as longer ones for common illnesses, says expert

Longer is not always better when it comes to prescribing antibiotics, with many shorter courses of treatment as effective as lengthier ones for common illnesses, an infectious disease expert says.

Evidence exists to support short-course antibiotics for conditions such as acute otitis media, tonsillitis and rhinosinusitis, according to Canberra Hospital infectious diseases physician Dr Heather Wilson.