Irrespective of Corona19 for misuse and misuse of antibiotics.



 These days, when folk remedies and false information without medical grounds are spreading to sns, the resulting misuse of antibiotics in Korea is serious as if antibiotics were a cure.

According to statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Korea's antibiotic prescription rate in 2017 is 26.5DDD. This means that 26.5 out of 1,000 Koreans are prescribed antibiotics every day. This is a very high figure considering that the OECD average antibiotic prescription rate is 18.3DDD.

   Antibiotics are microorganism-generated substances that inhibit or kill the growth of other microorganisms. It treats infections of bacteria that have invaded the human body. Oh, abuse is also a medicine that we are usually familiar with when we catch a cold or get inflammation, so we are often prescribed.

In particular, it is more urgent than ever before than the safer use of coronavirus, which is rife with rumors about coronavirus at a time when coronavirus treatment has not yet been developed. Information on safer use of medicines seems to be important for the people's health.

- Antibiotics that require a doctor's prescription.


Penicillin, best known to us, succeeded in commercialization during World War II and began to be used in 1943. It was also used in the private sector, saving the lives of many infectious disease patients. Recently, various antibiotics have been synthesized and developed and treated thanks to the advancement of science.

Antibiotics are a broad meaning that includes antibiotics, antifungal drugs, and antivirals, and drugs that we usually call antibiotics are actually narrow-minded antimicrobials, antibiotics.


Antibiotics are specialist drugs and cannot be purchased at pharmacies without a hospital prescription. If you take antibiotics, you should inform your doctor about your history of antibiotics, past adverse reactions, pregnancy or other drug use, and see if there are any taboos for antibiotics. Because of these characteristics, it must be prescribed through medical treatment, and it is very important to use it according to the prescription.


- Side effects of antibiotics


When treating antibiotics, about 5 percent of the respondents experience abnormalities.

Attention is needed because there are various cross-reactions to side effects within the same drug group. In general, skin irritation or side effects occur, which rarely occur in the blood, nervous system, heart, kidney, etc. If abnormal reactions occur, the drug is discontinued and most abnormal reactions disappear within two to three days, but even if the drug is stopped, it is difficult to recover or hospitalization such as shock, encephalitis, and blindness is required.

The most dangerous of all is antibiotic resistance caused by misuse and abuse of antibiotics.


Antibiotic resistance refers to the ability of bacteria to survive or multiply in resistance to antibiotic effects. Taking too little dose without following a doctor's prescription, or cutting off symptoms at will, both increase the chance of recurrence and immunity. When taking antibiotics, it is most important to consult with medical staff and take proper doses for a reasonable period of time.


Isn't it effective for Coronavirus 19?


If you look at the news of confirmed cases of coronavirus every day, the most people often ask this question because it is a time when the spread of folk remedies increases just in case. In conclusion, antibiotics are not effective in treating the current epidemic of coronavirus 19.

Antibiotics are a drug that treats bacterial infections, and Corona 19 is a viral infection.


Currently, coronavirus is a virus that can spread to animals and humans around the world. New viral infections, such as coronavirus 19, currently have no cure. Since antibiotics do not act on viruses but only germs, the World Health Organization recommends that antibiotics not be used as a means to prevent or treat coronavirus 19.


- Reduce unnecessary misuse of antibiotics


The Ministry of Health and Welfare has significantly strengthened the adequacy assessment of antibiotics for polyprescription diseases to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics. Measures have also been prepared to prevent the spread of resistant bacteria that have already occurred.

Civil and government departments participated to launch the "Antibiotic Baro Writing Movement Headquarters."

Most importantly, let's practice reducing the use of unnecessary antibiotics to develop self-immune on our own.