Upper Gastrointestinal / Variceal bleed

Severity(classification)

1st line oral/iv antibiotics

Penicillin allergy
(see explanatory notes)

A/B/C

Minor to severe life threatening infection

Review doses in renal impairment

TAZOCIN 4.5g iv tds (monotherapy)

  

Treatment duration: typically up to 5 days

CIPROFLOXACIN  400mg iv bd
plus
METRONIDAZOLE 500mg iv tds 

Treatment duration: typically up to 5 days

 IV to Oral Switch
(explanatory notes)

If an oral switch is appropriate:

CIPROFLOXACIN 500mg po bd
plus
METRONIDAZOLE 400mg po tds

Last reviewed: 14/8/13

For guidance on the administration of intravenous antibiotics click here
(GHNHSFT intranet)