Human Bite

NoteDoses are oral and for adults unless otherwise stated. Visit the Health Products Regulatory Board website or the printed Irish Medicines Formulary for drug SPCs, dosage, contraindications, interactions, or IMF/BNF/BNFC/MIMS. See guidance on dosing in children for quick reference dosage/weight guide.

Letters indicate strength of evidence range from A+ (systematic review) to D (informal opinion). Statins can interact with some antibiotics and increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis. Amiodarone and drugs which prolong the QT interval can interact with many antibiotics. Many antibiotics increase the risk of bleeding with anticoagulants. Please refer to our Drug Interactions Table for further information.


Comments

  • Antibiotic prophylaxis advised.
  • Assess HIV/ hepatitis B & C risk

Treatment

See guidance on dosing in children for quick reference dosage/weight guide.

Treatment Dose TX Duration
co-amoxiclavB- 625 mg TDS 7 days
If penicillin allergic

metronidazole
PLUS doxycycline

NOT SUITABLE FOR
CHILDREN <12

200-400 mg TDS
100 mg BD
7 days
OR clarithromycin 500 mg BD 7 days

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Reviewed June 2016