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does bactrim work on mrsa
Started by Hope
Posted: November 3, 2007 at 22:25
I was told on Sept 4 that I had Cellulitis caused by mrsa.Is this harder or just as hard to get rid of?They only have me on Bactrim right now,I can't get in to see a IDD until January.

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Reply #1 by Barbs
Posted: November 4, 2007 at 02:30
MRSA has different strains so the only way to know which antibiotic will work on your strain is with the culture and sensitivity report. From what I have read depending on the severity of the MRSA intravenous infusion of antibiotic is the best route. If it was me I would call back the infectious disease doctor's office to insist on an earlier appointment.
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Reply #2 by Nancy R
Posted: November 4, 2007 at 08:58
My doctors prescribed Bactrim orally and Cubicin via IV therapy together. After I had my surgery, I went back on oral Bactrim for another 30 day. So far, that particular combination seems to have finally "cured" my MRSA that I had battled for 10 months. Zyvox did not word and I couldn't take Vancomycin due to allergy issues.
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Reply #3 by Sue
Posted: November 5, 2007 at 21:10
I finally beat it with a combination of Riphampin and Levaquin, but before that was on Bactrim. I really think the Bactrim would have worked, it seemed to be working but I started to have really bad allergic reactions and had to stop. Barbs is right though...there are many different strains and they all react differently to different medications. Try to get to an IDD sooner, but keep taking the Bactrim in the meantime. for reactions! I thought I had the flu, but I was alergic to Bactrim. Good luck!
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Reply #4 by Nancy R
Posted: November 6, 2007 at 17:01

Excellent post. Thanks.
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Reply #5 by ladyk
Posted: November 6, 2007 at 19:15
Nancy -

Your welcome. How's your suture line healing, are they staples? We want to start a 'personal story' link on the new MRSA website. If you write yours up, we'll place it. Would love to have a picture of your parrots to go along with it too. Please think about it.
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Reply #6 by Therese
Posted: August 28, 2008 at 16:18
Wonderful post; I got a MRSA infection that turned into a horrible and painful abcess; the Bactrim killed it in the culture, so I started taking Bactrim; I have side effects of fatigue, rash under my arm, and insomnia, but they're not enough for me to stop taking it; I just want this MRSA gone from me; I already use bleach water to clean, antiseptics at work, etc., but somewhere I picked up the MRSA; I am determined not to pass it to my 18mo granddaughter, or my other family members. Thanks so much for the info.
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Reply #7 by Nancy R
Posted: August 29, 2008 at 01:46

Sorry, I just now saw your request. I'd be happy to write up my story and certainly I'd be happy to post photos of my birds.

I am doing very well. No more MRSA signs and both my replaced hip and replaced knee are doing well. There IS life after MRSA. I'm living proof. I should be dead. Almost died twice. But, I'm STILL standing. Please provide a link to the new site.


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Reply #8 by Nancy R
Posted: August 31, 2008 at 05:22

I thought I had sent my story, but I don't think you requested photos at that time. I certainly would have. However, the Scarlet macaw pictured is well done. Thanks so much.

The amazing thing about my story is that I've had another joint replaced since then! Yup, in May I had to have my right knee replaced. I had the same surgeon, Dr. Delanois do the work and I'm delighted to report that I'm walking unassisted, with both legs the same length today. I had no MRSA infection at anytime since last July of 2007. I think I can probably consider myself as cured as a patient can ever get.

I still have limitations. I still don't have the stamina I once had, but I'm not sick anymore.And, I had to kick a Percocet habit, too. Being on narcotics for over a year didn't stop the pain. It only masked it. Today, I'm happy to say that I don't even take an aspirin. I have learned to live with pain in a more efficient way. No more just drugging myself to oblivion. Now, I follow what my body tells me to do. If I do too much, I'm in pain. I have learned to stop before I over do. Life is good!

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Reply #9 by Chris
Posted: September 10, 2008 at 21:54
My father has MRSA after colon cancer surgery. This is the second course of Bactrim in 30 days. Doctor does not want to start chemo without staph being suppressed or eliminated. It sounds like it does not really go away permanently. Is that true?
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Reply #10 by ladyk
Posted: September 11, 2008 at 05:19
Chris -

Sorry to here your father is having such a difficult time.

It is important to address your father's immune system. This is one reason for holding off on chemo. Chemo, just as antibiotic therapy… wrecks havoc on our immune systems. I was on same course of Bactrim. Antibiotic therapy can create the perfect situation for other opportunistic bacteria to capitalize on imbalance. C-diff is a known side effect. I acquired C-diff. Since he has issues in that department already this could be a devastating complication for him, therefore he should be on probiotics as an attempt to correct the imbalance of good necessary bacteria we all need, and the bad bacteria.

Reading through the forum topics will provide a lot of information for you, and show we are able to control MRSA as long as we remain on our maintenance regimens.

There is controversy concerning dormancy vs cure.

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Reply #11 by Lauren
Posted: July 8, 2009 at 01:49
I had MRSA for 6 months and was prescribeibed 2 separated dosages of bactrim. My first outbreak was on my face, which seemed to be a really bad zit, than began to resemble a spider bite. It eventually turned very red, hot, hard, and made my entire left side of my face swell. The doctors told me it was only a staph infection, but late we learned that it infact was MRSA. I then had an outbreak on my stomach and on my elbow. All together i was given a total of 5 different antibiotics over a 6month period, along with weekly shots on penicillin. Bactrim worked great for me. The first time i was prescribed bactrim i did not take the whole bottle, which cause me to relapse, but i caught it in time to clear it up. It is very very important to take all of the meds your are given, even if you feel like the infection is gone b/c there is a chance that you may become immune to the meds that could once cure you. Also, i found that cleaning the infected areas 3-4 times a day with alcohol and dial antibacterial soap helped me heal. I also used neosporn and a band aid at night while i slept, and let it breathe during the day but was extremely careful not to touch it or be around anyone too much.

hopefully this info will be helpful to anyone else who unfortunatley has an encounter with this infection.
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Reply #12 by Lynn
Posted: August 29, 2009 at 04:16
Lauren, I hate to say butit will be back. MRSA does mutate and will especially if you do not finish your prescribed antibotics. Please be careful.
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Reply #13 by Kathy
Posted: October 9, 2009 at 01:31
I went to the urgent care doctor 5 days ago and had a "boil" lanced and drained. They gave me an antiobiotic shot and prescribed Bactrim. Also cultured the site. Had me come back the next day to check it and repack with gauze. Next day went to ER they added Keflex to the Bactrim. The site is healing well but each day I feel worse each day not better. Went back to urgent care today since thats where I started and everyone at work told me how bad I looked. CBC done again - looks okay. Urine too many white cells sent to be cultured but won't be back until monday. Told me to stop Keflex and add Levaquin to the Bactrim. Didn't get the MRSA diagnosis until today. ER didn't check for it. Urgent Care Center hadn't placed results in my chart. I requested results of the test. Took them 20 minutes to find them. Was told "they just arrived". SO... don't know who to trust so Im not sure Im taking proper medication based on whats going on so far. I'm completely wiped out, no energy, pale, had headaches for first two days now they are minimal. No appetite. What do I need to be watching for over the next few days?
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Reply #14 by taylor
Posted: November 18, 2009
i'm young, and really scared i have celulytis and my mom wants to take me to the ER like right this minute i'm on bactrim it's the 4th day now and everyday it's worse it's coming more to a head and i'm putting drawing salve and hot compresses on it. should i go get it lanced or wait?

ps. this is my 3rd 1!
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Reply #15 by Lois
Posted: November 18, 2009 at 04:46

Listen to your mother. It sounds to me like you have a boil. Go to the ER now or tomorrow the latest. Make sure they culture it STAT. Someone put you on bactrim? Who and Why?

It is scary, but is less scary once you know what you are dealing with. You have to take care of yourself.

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Reply #16 by Nancy R
Posted: November 19, 2009
What you need is a good infectious disease specialist whose job it is to prescribe the CORRECT meds. It is obvious that the current Bactrim is not enough. If you already have a culture that is positive for MRSA, you need to find out what it is sensitive to. You probably need an extra antibiotic along with the Bactrim. If you live in central Maryland in the USA, I can recommend Dr. Morris Shochet at BWMC or Dr. Berg at Sinai Hospital. Don't waste you time with ERs. Their job is not to cure you, but to stabilize you.
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Reply #17 by kris
Posted: November 27, 2009 at 02:15
Well, I ended up with 17 boil-type lesions all over my stomach about a week after I had my gallbladder out laparoscopically. I went to an urgent care when I had 12 and they took a culture & started me on Bactrim DS. Then 5 more sores erupted and I was running a fever so I went to the ER, where they gave me Ancef IV and added Keflex to the Bactrim. Today I got a call from the urgent care stating the culture grew out MRSA. I'm sure hoping this combination of drugs can beat it, but I feel terrible (fatigue, headaches, and still with these draining sores but at least no new ones.) I'm already getting "yeasty" and am worried about c-diff as well. Any input? Thanks. (I hope the ER will do a C & S with the culture they took!)
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Reply #18 by Nancy R
Posted: November 27, 2009 at 03:49

Please add Activia to your diet right away. It will replenish the good bacteria that keeps the yeast in check. You might also need Nystatin for the yeast. That needs a prescription.

If you are having yeast problems, try to avoid sugars and starches. Yeast loves to feed on sugar.

I know how badly you are feeling. We have all had the fevers, pain and fatigue. I urge you to find a good Infectious Disease specialist. Surgeons simply aren't qualified to understand what meds work best. Your ID will find the best combination of drugs to help you. The ER will simply stabilize you, but little more.
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Reply #19 by ladyk
Posted: November 28, 2009 at 07:17
kris –

In my opinion… in order of importance

Are you seeing an Infectious Disease physician? Probiotics are a must, as a way of life for many months down the road in order to balance out and maintain intestinal flora. Your immune health depends on balance. You might look into Prebiotics as well. You are seeing imbalance in system flora when you state you are “already getting yeasty” as imbalance will play itself out by example… skin flora/lesions, intestinal imbalance due to antibiotic therapy/c-diff, yeast, etc. Everything in its own place – in balance… is description of healthy immune system. With a healthy immune system your body is able to do its biological preprogrammed job of destroying system invaders we are bombarded with on a daily basis.

I believe it would be in your best interest to consult with an ID specialist rather than rotating ER MDs, as you are quite apt to contract many more contagions utilizing ER, they are often ill equipped due to trauma load, and follow thorough evaluation is so limited if at all you might well compromise your chances of correct and early treatment.

About lesions… are you using Hibiclens? Bactroban? Covering active lesions to reduce ability of cross contaminating contagious bacteria?

Urgent care called to tell you culture grew MRSA. From your list of antibiotics it appears they were attempting to cover all bases, meaning HA-MRSA/CA-MRSA/MSSA.

Ancef… is in the class of antibiotics called cephalosporins. MRSA is resistant to all penicillins and cephalosporins. So if culture grew MRSA, this antibiotic is ineffective.

Keflex… should not be used to treat known MRSA infections.

[ What role, if any, does Keflex have in the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), particularly community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA)?

Unfortunately, MRSA infections are resistant to all beta-lactam antibiotics, including cephalosporins such as cephalexin. Keflex should not be used to treat known MRSA infections.

*However, Keflex is an excellent choice for the treatment of methicillin-sensitive S. aureus, (MSSA) commonly associated with many uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections. Keflex can be used as first-line therapy for these types of infections and is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for that reason, ]

Bactrim… is in the class of antibiotics called Sulfonamides. Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS is commonly used to control MRSA, and is often used together with other antibiotics.

I’d be looking toward second opinion Infectious Disease specialist doing re-culture of any active lesions you have currently.

Rest all you can. Your body is fighting a most serious and often difficult to control infection. Staying hydrated is a priority.

Hope this helps you kris.

Take the best of care,
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