Since the time we started using antibiotics we have been told that we should always finish the full course of antibiotics else we would have a relapse of the infection that had previously attacked us.
Doctors are of the opinion that stopping the antibiotic in the middle of the course is not just harmful to the patient but to the society on the whole. But the problem is that there is no strong scientific basis to hold this for true.
But the main problem lies in the usage of antibiotics by the various patient. Exposure to an antibiotic makes bacteria potentially capable of evolving into a resistant strain that would make them capable of withstanding the harmful aspects of the drug. These super bugs can cause pandemics in the world in the upcoming future when the medical professionals won’t be able to diagnose these bugs or develop strong enough drugs which can take them down. The problem is so eminent that WHO actually came up with a list of antibiotics which are prevented from being used on a regular basis and can only be used when the situations which call for dire actions.
But there is a different class of medical experts like Tim Peto, from the Oxford Biomedical Research CenterMartin Llewlyn from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, along with their co-workers says that rather than the underuse of the antibiotics, their overuse harms the patients more.
The whole idea of the antibiotics being used in the full course was initiated by the speech of Alexander Fleming in his Nobel prize acceptance speech back in 1945. But most of the medical experts are of the opinion that the importance of the completion of the course would rather depend on the type of disease that is being treated by the same. Certain diseases like tuberculosis require completion of the course else the patient condition usually worsens way too much, however, diseases like ear infection can be treated with an unfinished course of the antibiotic medicine.