the trend to write "back-up" antibiotic Rxs

More physicians are joining the trend to write "back-up" antibiotic Rxs...to be filled only if the patient's condition worsens or fails to improve.

This works well for otherwise healthy patients with acute respiratory infections because most of these turn out to be viral.

For example, you can give an amoxicillin Rx to sinusitis patients and tell them to fill it only if their symptoms don't improve in 10 days...or worsen after 5 days.

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