IV Antibiotics Specialist

Sarah E Miller, MD -  - Infectious Disease Specialist

Neudorf Infectious Diseases Clinic

Sarah E Miller, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist & Internist located in Conroe, TX & Montgomery, TX

If you have an infectious disease that doesn’t respond to oral antibiotics, you may require something stronger. At Neudorf Infectious Diseases Clinic in Conroe and Montgomery, Texas, Sarah Miller, MD, administers intravenous (IV) antibiotics when your condition warrants the strongest solution. To book a consultation, call the office near you or use the online booking tool.

IV Antibiotics Q&A

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are medications that halt bacterial infections by killing the bacteria or keeping it from duplicating itself. Before they were discovered only 100 years ago, many people died of routine concerns like urinary tract infections and strep throat.

Antibiotics are ineffective for treating viruses such as the flu, the common cold, or a sore throat not caused by strep infection. 

What are the side effects of antibiotics?

Your gut is filled with good and bad bacteria, so antibiotics may cause a digestive disturbance while you’re taking them. Some common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea

Dr. Miller recommends taking a probiotic while you’re on antibiotics to reduce the negative side effects. 

What is an IV?

IV stands for intravenous. It’s a quick way for your medical provider to deliver fluids, medications, supplements, and nutrition through a vein and into your bloodstream.

At Neudorf Infectious Diseases Clinic, your IV includes a precise dose of antibiotics to help you overcome your infection. IV antibiotics are especially helpful in acute situations when time is of the essence.

What conditions require IV antibiotics?

The Neudorf Infectious Diseases Clinic uses IV antibiotics in some extreme situations, such as:

  • Sepsis
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Endocarditis
  • Liver abscess
  • Staph infection
  • Severe MRSA infections
  • Cellulitis and soft tissue infections
  • Bacteremia
  • Wound infections
  • Surgical infections
  • Infectious diarrhea

This is not an exhaustive list. Talk to Dr. Miller about your health concerns to determine if IV antibiotics might be right for you.

How are antibiotics administered?

At the Neudorf Infectious Diseases Clinic, there are four main ways that IV antibiotics are administered:

  • Intravenously in the office
  • Intramuscularly in the office
  • At home, under supervision 
  • In a hospital or skilled nursing facility

The method by which you receive antibiotics depends on your medical condition and needs. Dr. Miller customizes your treatment during your comprehensive consultation. 

If you receive IV antibiotics in the office, you’ll sit back and relax for 2-3 hours while the IV drips into your bloodstream. If you’re a candidate for at-home IV antibiotics, Dr. Miller explains the procedure and what to expect. If you have an infection that requires long-term antibiotics, you’ll receive a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line).

For more information on IV antibiotics, call the Neudorf Infectious Diseases Clinic office near you to schedule an appointment or book online.