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Doctors feel pressured to prescribe antibiotics to patients

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A new study shows Americans are taking too many antibiotics each year.

Experts say this creates greater resistance and stronger diseases. The study followed thousands of patients with colds and found if they were hoping or expecting to get antibiotics they were much more likely to get them.

In fact, 50 percent of the antibiotics prescribed today are not needed. Doctors feel patients expect them and the study found patients who leave a visit with a prescription are more "satisfied."

The study found saying things like "what can I take" or I had antibiotics for this before" may get you drugs you don't need.

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