shotgun therapy

shotgun therapy

Etymology: AS, scot + ME, gonne + Gk, therapeia, treatment
Usage notes: (informal)
any treatment that has a wide range of effects and that therefore can be expected to correct an abnormal condition even though the particular cause is unknown. Shotgun therapy may cause more than an acceptable rate of side effects and is rarely desirable or necessary.

shotgun therapy,

n a treatment that has a wide range of effect and may be expected to correct the abnormal condition even though the particular cause is unknown.
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If a suspected bacterial infection of the external eye fails to respond to the initial shotgun therapy, the bacteria may be resistant to the 'entry level' drugs and so referral to a therapeutically trained optometrist (or an ophthalmologist) can provide access to different types of drugs to which the bacteria may be sensitive.
Shotgun therapy meant a random trial, in the case of nonbacterial prostatitis of tetracycline, erythromycin, minocycline, doxycycline, or one of the newer fluoroquinolones.