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


• All antibiotic prescriptions should be taken until the prescribed regimen is completed to avoid the development of resistant bacteria.

Incorrect options:

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

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

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