Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners is the latest addition to the FGDP(UK)’s essential range of standards books. This important book provides clear, simple and practical guidance on when to prescribe antimicrobials, what to prescribe, in what dose and for how long.
This new edition reflects changes to recommendations since the previous update (2006). This edition also includes dosage recommendations for children for the first time.
This 2012 edition is an invaluable asset to any dentist’s library.
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UPDATES - April 2014
In light of the Health Protection Agency’s guidance: “Management of infection guidance for primary care for consultation & local adaptation” and expert advice relating to issues with resistance to amoxicillin, the BNF has recommended an increased dose of amoxicillin for the management of infections in adults.
Where antimicrobials are indicated for dental infections the dose for amoxicillin is as follows:
500 mg every 8 hours, dose doubled in severe infection
• 1 month–1 year, 125 mg every 8 hours, increased if necessary up to 30 mg/kg every 8 hours;
• 1–5 years, 250 mg every 8 hours, increased if necessary up to 30 mg/kg every 8 hours;
• 5–12 years, 500 mg every 8 hours, increased if necessary up to 30 mg/kg (max. 1 g) every 8 hours
• 12–18 years, 500 mg every 8 hours, in severe infection 1 g every 8 hours
There has also been a change to the dosing for miconazole gel for oral candidosis.
BNF 66 now states:
Dose: prevention and treatment of oral candidiasis, by mouth, adult and child over 2 years, 2.5 mL 4 times daily after meals, retain near oral lesions before swallowing (dental prostheses should be removed at night and brushed with gel); child under 2 years see BNF for Children
Prevention and treatment of intestinal candidiasis, by mouth, adult and child over 4 months, 5 mg/kg 4 times daily; max. 250 mg (10 mL) 4 times daily
Note; Treatment should be continued for at least 7 days after lesions have healed or symptoms have cleared.