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Medications for Serious Staph Infections and Other Considerations

Treatment for Serious Infections

If a person is diagnosed with a more serious staph infection, or if the infection is not getting better with antibiotics taken by mouth, he or she may be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics.
 
Some examples of IV antibiotics that may be used to treat a more serious staph infection (including MRSA infections) include:
 
  • Vancomycin (Vancocin®)
  • Linezolid (Zyvox®)
  • Daptomycin (Cubicin®)
  • Tigecycline (Tygacil®)
  • Telavancin (Vibativ™)
  • Quinupristin and dalfopristin (Synercid®).
     
After the infection starts to improve, the person may be discharged from the hospital with antibiotics to take either by mouth or through an IV. These medicines may need to be taken for up to eight weeks.
 

Other Considerations for the Treatment of Staph Infections

Some things to keep in mind when being treated for a staph infection include the following:
 
  • If you are given an antibiotic, make sure to take it as directed and finish your prescription, even if you are feeling better. Stopping the treatment too early or skipping a dose could allow the bacteria to become resistant to the medication, which could allow the infection to spread. This may require longer treatment.
     
  • Do not share antibiotics with other people or save unfinished antibiotics to use at another time.
     
  • If the infection does not improve within a few days after visiting your healthcare provider, make sure to contact him or her again. If other people you know or live with get the same infection, make sure to tell them to contact their healthcare provider too.
     
  • It is possible for a staph skin infection to return after appearing to have healed. To help prevent this, follow your healthcare provider's directions while you have the infection, and follow prevention guidelines (see Staph Infection Prevention) after the infection is gone. These strategies will also help you from spreading staph infections (including MRSA) to others as your infection heals.
     
(Click Pneumonia Treatment or Cellulitis Treatment to see how staph infections that affect other parts of the body are treated.)
 

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