Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Snakebite?

Updated: Apr 09, 2021
  • Author: Spencer Greene, MD, MS, FACEP, FACMT, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Antibiotics

Infections following snakebite are exceptionally uncommon. Prophylactic antibiotics are not recommended. They do not improve outcomes, and indiscriminate antibiotic use leads to adverse effects, antibiotic resistance, and unnecessary costs.

Antibiotics should only be administered if there is clinical evidence of an infection. The choice of oral versus parenteral antibiotic should be based on the patient’s overall condition, but coverage should be broad.


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