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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 6 months ago

If oral antibiotics haven't worked would you need IV antibiotics?

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  • y
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    While I am not a doc, I did stay at a Holiday Inn. So I'll go for yes, if oral won't work then they go intravenous with heavier duty stuff. Provided, one really needed antibiotics at all and were not misdiagnosed.

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  • 6 months ago

    No, sometimes you need a different antibiotic, one targeted to the specific form of bacteria that you are dealing with.

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  • 6 months ago

    No. Just a different oral antibiotic, possibly with a stronger dose.

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  • 6 months ago

    In some cases, yes.

    But why didn't they work? Maybe the illness was viral and therefore antibiotics didn't work. Maybe the illness was due to a toxin or allergy, and an antibiotic would have no effect. Or maybe it was the wrong antibiotic, and they need to prescribe a different one.

    Even most bacterial illnesses can be overcome without antibiotics.

    But yes, there are some cases in which the bacterial infection is so severe that IV antibiotics are the only hope.

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Sometimes that happens. Not fun though.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Antibiotics only kill strains of bacteria. If the antibiotics haven't worked, it means one of three things.

    1) Your illness is not bacterial. It can be a virus, psychological or self -induced, a poison or an allergic reaction, or a metabolic problem that something in your body is not functioning properly.

    2) You have what we loosely call a "super-bug" bacterial infection. The use of antibiotics is far too common, not only in medical treatments but also in the food supply and water. Mutations create new strains of life, and new bacteria can and do exist that are resistant to the various antibiotics typically used. You may need one of the lesser known new ones or there is none available to kill the bug. A different antibiotic available could be oral or by IV

    3) The oral dosage was not enough and may need a strong one in high dosage that requires IV and monitoring.

    The goal is to cure it, and hopefully the doctors find it.

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    No, it's the same antibiotic.

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  • 6 months ago

    More likely just a different oral antibiotic.

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