If you are prescribed a medicine for an infection, your clinician should regularly check that you still need the medicine and that it’s the best medicine for you. If tests have been done to find out what kind of infection you have, your clinician should review these results as soon as they are available. When your infection has improved, it may be appropriate to stop or change how you use this medicine (for example, changing from an injection, infusion or drip to a medicine you take by mouth).
If the cause of your infection is unclear, you may be prescribed a medicine that works against different types of infections. You may need to have tests (such as a blood or urine test) to check if the medicine is working. Depending on the test results, your treatment may need to continue, change or stop.