IV Antibiotics Specialist

Align Infusion Clinic

Infectious Diseases Specialists & Infusion Center located in Metairie, LA

Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are the only way to treat certain tough infections. Fortunately, there’s a comfortable way to easily access the IV antibiotics you need at Align Infusion Clinic in Metairie, Louisiana. The highly skilled infusion professionals expertly administer your IV antibiotics while you relax. Schedule your appointment using the online booking tool, or click the provided link for help now.

IV Antibiotics Q&A

When would I need IV antibiotics?

You might need IV antibiotics in a few scenarios, such as:

  • Severe infection requiring a large dose of medication
  • Acute infection with a preexisting disease, like cystic fibrosis
  • Swallowing difficulties that prevent you from taking oral antibiotics 
  • Infectious diseases that don't respond well to oral antibiotics
  • Infection in hard-to-reach areas, like spinal fluid infections

In general, doctors may prescribe IV antibiotics when you have serious medical problems or have a history of issues that increase your risk for complications during healing. 

What is the IV antibiotics infusion process like?

IV antibiotic infusions start with needle placement in a large vein, usually within your arm. Then, a very slim flexible tube, a catheter, goes through the needle. After removing the needle, a member of the infusion team affixes a sterile bandage over the catheter to keep it in place during your treatment. 

Then, you relax as the medication gradually trickles into your veins. You’re free to use your phone, take a short nap, read, or do anything else you would like during your IV antibiotics infusion, as long as you remain relatively still. 

The process can take an hour or two, depending on the kind of antibiotic you need and how much your doctor prescribes. After your treatment, a team member gently withdraws the needle and places a sterile dressing over the vein. You may have a very minimal amount of bleeding, which stops quickly.

How often will I need IV antibiotics?

IV antibiotic infusion frequency can vary quite a bit from one person to another. In some situations, you may simply need one infusion. With certain diseases, however, you could require 1-3 infusion sessions a day, with a total treatment time of 1-8 weeks. 

What are the benefits of IV antibiotics?

In some cases, IV antibiotics can offer some significant advantages over oral antibiotics, including:

  • More convenient 
  • They work faster
  • More effective at treating resistant and tough infections
  • Better absorption, as they bypass the digestive process 
  • They can reduce risk of rehospitalization after an illness

IV antibiotics aren’t right for every situation, but if you have a serious infection, it might be just what you need to get better. Reach out to Align Infusion Clinic or click the online appointment scheduler to arrange your infusion now.