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If you have an infection, your doctor prescribes you antibiotics. You go to the pharmacy to pick them up, and the pharmacist gives you an unenthusiastic breakdown of how to take them, what not to take when you’re on them, and what they’ll do—as if she’s said this a thousand times (she has). Everyone is so casual about antibiotics, that it makes you feel at ease about taking them. And, for the most part, you should feel that way since in many cases, your health depends heavily on them. But any time we take something that greatly alters what’s happening inside of our bodies, from birth control pills to laxatives, we should know a little bit about them. Antibiotics are no different. Here are things you should know about antibiotics that your doctor probably won’t tell you.

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Here’s who takes them the most

Animals actually take the most antibiotics, followed by children, then the elderly.





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