Watch for Rxs for Acute Infections in Patients on Chronic Antibiotics
Questions are coming up about what to do when a patient taking chronic antibiotics has an acute infection.
This may happen when a patient is taking an antibiotic long-term to prevent or treat a chronic condition (acne, etc)...and needs a NEW antibiotic for an acute infection (pneumonia, etc).
Expect your pharmacist to first help re-evaluate if the chronic antibiotic is still needed. Stopping it altogether may reduce the risk of resistance, C. difficile diarrhea, and additive side effects.