New research has given guidance on the amount of antibiotics which can be safely provided without generating resistant superbugs.
The study was led by NHS Grampian with Professor Ian Gould – an honorary professor at Aberdeen University –leading the team.
The overuse of antibiotics can lead to bacteria becoming resistant resulting in the rise of so-called superbugs such as MRSA.
Until now there has been no clear guidance as to the maximum level of antibiotics individuals can tolerate without bugs developing any resistance.
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Professor Gould explained: “In simple terms, it is commonly thought ‘the less antibiotics the better’, but this is not the correct approach as most of the restricted antibiotics are safe, effective and life-saving.
“So rather than restricting use of life-saving antibiotics, this work identifies safe thresholds at which the antibiotics should be used without fuelling resistance.”