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Study finds that delaying use of antibiotics may be just as effective

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A new study finds that strategies to delay the use of antibiotics, may limit their overuse without any harm to patients.

The study, led by the Iberoamerican Cochrane Center and published in JAMA Internal Medicine, assigned 400 people with an mild respiratory infection to either begin antibiotics right away, wait to see if they felt better before taking them, or gave them no medication at all.

90 percent of the immediate prescription group used the antibiotics, compared to only about a third of those who waited. While symptoms lasted slightly longer among the delayed group, all patients had similar satisfaction levels one month later.

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