Antibiotics do not work against infections, such as colds, caused by viruses. Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics are becoming more common. Some bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics and this makes infections more difficult to treat and can increase the length and severity of illnesses.
The best way to treat most colds, coughs or sore throats is plenty of fluids and rest. For more advice talk to your pharmacist or doctor. Find out more about antibiotics by reading Without Antibiotics leaflet.