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Intravenous (IV) Antibiotic

Intravenous (IV) antibiotic treatment is used for serious infections that require treatment that cannot be provided with oral antibiotics. For example, an infection in your bones or heart valve might require IV antibiotic treatment¹. According to the National Library of Medicine, IV administration may be used for other treatments including treatment for hormone deficiencies, chemotherapy, medicine for severe nausea resulting from chemotherapy treatments, or patient-controlled analgesia or PCA (pain).²


Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are some of the more important treatment options regarding therapy. Plaza Home Care Pharmacy is effective in managing the intricacies of injectable drug therapy including appropriateness, compliance, dosing and cost control.  Our personalized quality care and service is what differentiates our pharmacy.

¹ Kaiser Permanente



What types of infections require IV antibiotics?

"We use intravenous antibiotics for very severe infections, such as sepsis because intravenous antibiotics reach tissues faster and at higher concentrations than oral antibiotics. We may also use intravenous antibiotics for infections in parts of the body where penetration of oral antibiotics is less effective, such as in the spinal fluid and bone. Finally, IV antibiotics are used for infections that are resistant to oral antibiotics."  ~ Michelle Ritter, MD

Dr. RItter is an infectious disease specialist and director of UC San Diego Health’s parenteral (non-oral) antibiotic therapy program (OPAT​)

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