Mastitis - Antibiotic Prescribing

Comment from expert advisory group

  • Note higher and more frequent 6-hourly doses of antibiotics are required in mastitis treatment to ensure adequate tissue penetration.
  • Low dose i.e., 250mg or 8-hourly dosing may result in treatment failure.
  • Duration of treatment required can vary from 5 to 10 days.
  • Patients should be reassessed after 5 days as treatment failures do occur and referral to hospital may be necessary if not responding to treatment. If improving but not fully resolved, extend treatment course.
  • The patient should be encouraged to either breastfeed or express to ensure milk stasis does not occur. Cold compresses and analgesia should be used


mastitis feb 04 2021

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Reviewed Jan 2021

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