Human Bite

Doses are oral and for adults unless otherwise stated. Visit the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) website for detailed drug information (summary of product characteristics and patient information leaflets). Dosing details, contraindications and drug interactions can also be found in the Irish Medicines Formulary (IMF) or other reference sources such as British National Formulary (BNF) / BNF for children (BNFC). See guidance on dosing in children for quick reference dosage/weight guide. Refer to drug interactions table for detailed drug interactions for all antimicrobials. Note extensive drug interactions for clarithromycin, fluoroquinolones, azole antifungals and rifampicin. Many antibiotics increase the risk of bleeding with anticoagulants.

Note additional warnings for clarithromycin and fluoroquinolones


Comments from Expert Advisory Committee

  • 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