Why more adults are using antibiotics without consulting their doctors

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HARTFORD -- New research shows many adults are using antibiotics without consulting their doctor. Dr. Howard Selinger, chair of family medicine at the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, stopped by FOX 61's Good Day Connecticut to talk about the study.

"This report on people using previously prescribed antibiotics, for self-diagnosed reasons, is terribly disturbing, potentially dangerous for the individual and clearly detrimental to society as a whole," Selinger said. "Self-diagnosis and treatment with previously prescribed antibiotics puts the patient at risk for potentially dangerous side effects such as disruption of bowel bacteria, diarrhea, etc.”

"Even if the choice of a previously used antibiotic is appropriate, the quantity will be insufficient to complete the job due to previous use," Selinger added.