Antibiotics Aren’t Always What the Doctor Orders

January 26, 2016

A sore throat and cough prompted patient Casey Befumo to visit with her doctor, except she’s not necessarily looking for an antibiotic.

“I rather do home remedies — water, rest, fluids,” she said.

That’s welcome news to Meridian Medical Group’s Dr. Ladan Ilkhani. She says about half her patients want a prescription for antibiotics they don’t need.

Why does she think that is? “They expect to get something when you come to a doctor, just like when I go to a store I expect to get something. They treat it in that kind of setting. They want to feel better and the mentality is that antibiotics will do that,” she said.

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