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A 16-year-old patient is prescribed erythromycin for the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease. The nurse should instruct the patient to take the medication:

Explanation

•All antibiotic prescriptions should be taken until completed to avoid the development of resistance.

•The resolution of symptoms may occur long before the bacteria are eliminated, therefore, stopping the antibiotic before completion can lead to the infection not being completely resolved or the infection recurring.

•Taking antibiotics with an antacid can result in decreased absorption and effectiveness.

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