Sometimes oral antibiotics are not enough to treat certain infections. Sometimes a physician must choose a form of the medicine that is given directly into the vein, or intravenously (IV). The IV option is often chosen because the medicine can achieve higher levels in the bloodstream and in the site of the infection than it can in oral form. Other times, certain antibiotics are only available in the IV form. IV antibiotics may be given once, or several times a day. Sometimes the medicines are given for a short period of days, other infections require up to 4-6 weeks, or more of daily infusions.
In order to administer IV medicines safely and effectively, our physicians work with well-trained clinicians, who administer the medicines in our office infusion suite conveniently located on the East and West sides of Cleveland.