SHAH ALAM – The health minister has advised the public to take medicines prescribed by qualified medical practitioners, only when necessary, and to choose the right medicines to avoid side-effects.
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said not all diseases required medicines, particularly antibiotics which could slow down an individual’s healing process.
“Sometimes, there are people who love to take medicines even when unnecessary. Take the antibiotics, for example. Taking it too often can cause antibiotic resistence.
“Antibiotics misuse can lead to a situation where bacteria are no longer sensitive to the medicine, and patients need to be given stronger antibiotics which can disrupt the body’s immune system,” he told reporters here today.
He said medical practitioners were also advised not to prescribe antibiotics to their patients unless they were necessary. – BERNAMA