Vibrio Vulnificus Infection Medication

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

The goals of therapy are to eradicate the infection, to reduce morbidity, and to prevent complications. A high index of suspicion is important, as doxycycline, the antibiotic of choice, is not usually a part of the empiric therapy for septicemia. Tigecycline may be a good choice for treating invasive V vulnificus infections. [38]

If necrotizing fasciitis is suspected, early fasciotomy and culture-directed antimicrobial therapy should be performed. These patients may develop hypotensive shock, leukopenia, severe hypoalbuminemia, and underlying chronic illness, especially a combination of hepatic dysfunction and diabetes mellitus.



Class Summary

Antibiotics are necessary to eradicate V vulnificus infection. Effective antibiotics may include tetracycline, third-generation cephalosporins, and imipenem.

Doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin, Bio-Tab)

Doxycycline is a synthetic antibiotic derived from tetracycline. It inhibits protein synthesis and thus bacterial growth by binding to 30S and possibly 50S ribosomal subunits of susceptible bacteria. Doxycycline is effective against a large number of pathogens.