MRSA Treatment

Treatment for Serious MRSA Infections

If a person is diagnosed with a more serious MRSA infection, or if the infection is not getting better with antibiotics, 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 MRSA infection 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 with an IV. These antibiotics may need to be taken for up to eight weeks.

Other Considerations for the Treatment of MRSA

Some considerations to be aware of if you are being treated for a MRSA 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 and 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 after a few days of 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.
  • It is possible to have a MRSA skin infection return after it appears to have healed. To help prevent this from happening, follow your healthcare provider's directions while you have the infection, and follow prevention guidelines (see MRSA Prevention) after the infection is gone. These prevention strategies will also help from spreading MRSA to others as your infection heals.
MRSA infections can be serious, so do not take them lightly. One study showed that 6 out of 100,000 people with an infection from MRSA died. Some of the more serious MRSA infections have death rates of up to 20 percent.

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