If you've just been prescribed antibiotics, you might be unsure about whether you can take painkillers alongside them. 

From time to time, we need to take antibiotics to treat or prevent bacterial infections.

Although many minor infections get better on their own, there are some occasions when they are needed to kill the bacteria and stop them from spreading.

It's important when taking multiple medications that we do so with caution and under the guidance of a Doctor.

The Bolton News: The NHS has advised whether you can take painkillers with antibiotics. ( Getty Images)The NHS has advised whether you can take painkillers with antibiotics. ( Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images)

"When it comes to antibiotics, take your doctor's advice on whether you need them or not," the NHS has explained. 

The health service continued: "Antibiotic resistance is a big problem – taking antibiotics when you do not need them can mean they will not work for you in the future".

Here is the health expert's advice regarding taking them with painkillers and the other key things you should avoid when taking antibiotics.

Should I take paracetamol with antibiotics?

The NHS has advised that is safe to take paracetamol with most prescription medicines.

This includes antibiotics.

However, if you're concerned about a possible interaction then you should make sure to follow the instructions on the leaflet that comes with your medication.

You can also check with your pharmacist or GP if you're looking for further advice.

The NHS also urges people to carefully follow the dosage instructions provided by the manufacturer for both their antibiotics and painkillers.

However, if you find yourself in significant pain after taking paracetamol, you should contact your GP.

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Although painkillers are generally fine to take with antibiotics, there are some things that you should avoid.

For instance, some antibiotics need to be taken with food.

Meanwhile, others need to be taken on an empty stomach.

The NHS also recommended not drinking alcohol whilst on antibiotics.

However, the experts noted that at least with common antibiotics it's unlikely that drinking alcohol in moderation will cause problems.

You should always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine.