U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 74-year-old male asked:

Is it reckless to administer vitamin k by iv if it can be given s/c or im? why?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes. IV bad choice.: The oral route and IV route are equally effective at correcting excessive anticoagulation. The IV route carries the risk of anaphylaxis. Therefore the IV route should not be used if the oral route is available. The SC route is NOT as effective as the oral or IV and should not be considered a first line option.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Aug 14, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$44 video appointments with $19/month membership*
*Billed $57 every 3 months. Cancel anytime.


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.