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Can oral antibiotics be an effective treatment for sepsis?
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Sepsis
Sepsis is when bacteria spreads from a point of initial infection to the bloodstream. As a result, blood pressure decreases, heart rate rises, and breathing becomes labored.
Sepsis typically recquires IV antibiotics in an icu. If missed or undertreated, a patient could die.

In brief: Sepsis
Sepsis is when bacteria spreads from a point of initial infection to the bloodstream. As a result, blood pressure decreases, heart rate rises, and breathing becomes labored.
Sepsis typically recquires IV antibiotics in an icu. If missed or undertreated, a patient could die.
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Usually in sepsis blood pressure is low.
This in turn affects blood flow to the stomach impairing digestion. This makes oral antibiotics a poor route of administration in true sepsis. Parenteral antibiotics (given iv) are safer and more effective.

In brief: No
Usually in sepsis blood pressure is low.
This in turn affects blood flow to the stomach impairing digestion. This makes oral antibiotics a poor route of administration in true sepsis. Parenteral antibiotics (given iv) are safer and more effective.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Yes
Oral antibiotics can be helpful.

In brief: Yes
Oral antibiotics can be helpful.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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