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Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #60 by ladyk
Posted: June 21, 2010 at 20:45

As a caution just be sure that you have researched any medications you take along with particular supplements, as some do carry warnings and can alter either one or the other.

I liked seeing you are pushing yourself a bit each day in spite of the exhaustion, as this will help increase your stamina… but also remember how important it is to rest when your body is trying to show you rest is necessary. Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, as dehydration can cause a myriad of problems on its own face. Get some sun. Eat balanced. Really take the best care and give yourself a break... you are a MRSA survivor and deserve the care and attention it will take to bring you back to your feet.

Be sure you are up on all your general health diagnostics… breast, pap, etc. and let all physicians know about each other, keeps them all on their toes~ Also let all physicians know about all meds/supplements/treatments past and present.

Hope this helps you Danielle.

Wishing the best to you,

PS Was blood test specific to determine MRSA (blood culture) rather than general labs?

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #61 by Danielle
Posted: June 22, 2010 at 20:26
Lady K

I had to cut back on the vitamin c because I was getting stomach aches and gas. Im taking two a day and it is better. I started bleeding vaginally very heavy and I went to my gyn and he said I have a 2cm cyst on my ovary and then he told me I have gallstones. I was just there in April and I was fine. He said when I get back on birth control pills (I stopped to give my body some sort of break) the bleeding would stop due to the pill will regulate my period. Im worried about telling my other doctor about my gallstones because he will most likely want to operate and Im scared the MRSA will come back but in my blood. I had a blood test and eveything came back fine but my vitamin D. So now on Im also taking 2 vitamin D pills a day. I should be able to lift a building. I admit I wasnt in the sun much because Im on Rifampin. I asked my dr. to test my blood for MRSA and he said he couldnt do it in his office that would be done by the hospital but I assumed because I had CA MRSA it didnt go into my blood stream since I never got fevers. When I did get the boils I would feel some flu like symptoms that would pass in about 15-30 minutes or so. After the symtoms would pass a full boil would develop and come up. That little nodule I told you about came back so I went to my dermologist and she said it didnt look like a boil since it errupted so she gave me a cortizone shot and erythromycin topcial solution to put on it. Thinking now I should of told her to culture it but I dont even know if there was much to culture. I tried to find the Allibotic but I cant find it. So I ordered it from a vitamin store. Ive been on all of these vitamins for about 2 weeks now. My sleeping patterns are nuts because there are some nights I cant sleep due to the vitamins and then the next night Im exhausted because I didnt get enough sleep. So I also cut down my B12 to one a day in the morning. My only other prescribed medication Im on is Lutera birth control pills.

Thank you
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #62 by ladyk
Posted: June 23, 2010 at 17:26
Danielle -

Please… do not panic when reading this post, as operative word in these cautions below is ‘can’. This is good example of why it is so important to let all physicians know what meds/supplements/treatments one is on. If you become concerned about any information below, contact physician who ordered particular med for opinion. Sometimes interactions can be overlooked.

*Rifampin can make you more sensitive to the sun. This means you should use a good sunscreen and cover exposed areas ‘so you don't burn’. As little as 10-15 minutes of sun exposure is thought to be enough to prevent Vit D deficiencies.

*Rifampin can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking Rifampin.

*Rifampin use can lower blood platelet count. Follow-up blood work should monitor platelet count.

*Take the Rifampin capsule on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Swallow the capsule with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

*If you have nausea, do not take antacids with Rifampin since it will lessen the effectiveness of this drug. However, if you need to take antacids, wait at least 1 hour after taking this drug.

*Do not wear contact lenses while you are taking Rifampin. This medicine may discolor your tears, which could permanently stain soft contact lenses.

*What other drugs will affect Rifampin?
Many drugs can interact with Rifampin. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using: (Refer to link list for further drugs which can interact with Rifampin.

*birth control pills

*steroids [“so she gave me a cortizone shot”]

*sulfa drugs (*Bactrim, Gantanol, Septra, and others)

*acetaminophen (Tylenol)


Rifampin may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control pills, increasing the risk of pregnancy and menstrual disorders *(e.g., unexpected bleeding/spotting). Women may need to use a non-hormonal form of birth control (e.g., condoms, diaphragm with spermicide, IUD) while taking this medication. Talk with your doctor for more details and to discuss reliable forms of birth control.

*Rifampin may also make it harder for your body to get rid of certain chemicals used in gallbladder tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

*Hypermagnesemia (high blood magnesium levels) may develop when magnesium-containing antacids are used concurrently with vitamin D.

Avoid drinking beer, wine or liquor while taking TB medicines such as Rifampin.

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #63 by ladyk
Posted: June 23, 2010 at 17:27

Danielle, I get my Allibiotic CF online through
Generally online pricing is under $12.00 - 60 count at other sites, I like nutrition geeks because they offer a ‘pay it forward‘ savings on each order and no shipping cost if your order reaches 45.00. Wish I would have gotten this info to you before you purchased, (sorry you had trouble finding it), and I hope you weren’t gouged with higher pricing.


Be careful… Vitamin D is one of the most toxic of vitamins when taken in excessive quantities. It is important for you to research these two links below.

Since it is reported Vitamin D can cause sleepiness you might want to take it at night in hopes of helping you rest easier.


*Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) may interact with your birth control pill ‘Lutera’ .


Lutera Interactions:
Patients should talk with their doctor about the use of any other medications, vitamins or supplements before beginning treatment with Lutera.
Lutera may adversely interact with the following medications:


Hope this information helps you protect yourself Danielle.


Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #64 by JMH
Posted: August 18, 2010 at 15:57
My 3 month old son is currently on Bactrim to treat a respiratory version of MRSA, which we just found out that I am a carrier of. He seems to be doing well so far. The only side effect for him is diarrhea and his temperature goes up about an hour after taking the Bactrim.

We haven't found out what I will be put on yet, since they are still testing antibiotics on the nasal culture I had done.
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #65 by ladyk
Posted: August 18, 2010 at 19:22

I’m sorry your little one is experiencing MRSA.

Glad to see cultures were done! Are you/child seeing an Infectious Disease specialist?

MRSA Positive Carrier
Bactroban (prescription) antibiotic ointment is commonly used to decolonize nares (nostrils). This is a common colonization site MRSA bacteria prefers. Ointment is swirled via Q-tip around interior nares 2x daily x 5-7 days, followed by another culture to determine if decolonization was successful. Everyone in communal living space who is positive carrier should decolonize simultaneously. Do not touch interior nostrils with fingers as MRSA bacteria is a pathogenic contagion easily spread about yourself and others.

Decolonizing is a debated issue due to prevalence of MRSA in our environment, and some professionals do not agree decolonizing outweighs resistance factor. However, in my opinion… one who is positive carrier has a pathogenic contagious reservoir of bacteria readily available to infect themselves and others. And I’m not the only one who believes decolonizing is important infection control… hospital patients who are pre-screened positive carrier prior to invasive procedures are sent home, surgery postponed, given instruction to decolonize, re-cultured, if negative procedure is rescheduled.

Environmental control of MRSA bacteria is necessary. Use bleach to clean all appropriate hard surfaces within your home. Lysol spray all touch sites such as light switches, door knobs, TV remote controls, etc.

Since MRSA is a contagion… do not share personal items such as razors, towels, etc. One towel - one use. Use bleach when washing clothes when appropriate.

Hibiclens antimicrobial wash is commonly used judiciously as topical control of MRSA which may serve as family protection even though baby is respiratory infected. A sneeze of contagious mucus could easily spread bacteria about which can become infection sites.

A common complication when antibiotic therapy is initiated is acquiring another bacteria called C-diff. C-diff over populates intestine due to flora (bacteria) imbalance when one is on antibiotic therapy. Diarrhea can be moderate to severe, up to bowel perforation if not controlled. It is necessary to attempt to balance both ‘good’ (necessary bacteria we all have inside us) and ‘bad’ (destructive) bacteria. One way we accomplish this is to ingest good bacteria by way of probiotics when attempting to balance system - kefir, yogurts, etc. are good probiotics.

*Please… contact physician and describe baby’s diarrhea symptoms since antibiotic therapy, and request opinion concerning adding probiotics in attempt of reducing this complication and balance flora.

*Do not let this go unaddressed as this could rapidly spiral out of control, and given the fragile nature of such a young child this could prove detrimental.

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #66 by ladyk
Posted: August 18, 2010 at 19:22

How is the child’s breathing?

Learn all you can concerning this affliction you/family are up against. Knowledge IS power and serves you best in protecting yourself and family as much as humanly possible. Ask the million questions. Research EVERYTHING. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

Here’s a start: Read forum topics and posts, as many concern children. Also there is the forum’s associated website MRSA AMERICA & Beyond where you may find helpful information.

Check his temps regularly, if unable to control high temp… do not hesitate to seek help directly!
Know child CPR.

Hope this helps.


Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #67 by ladyk
Posted: August 18, 2010 at 19:32

Side note: Clarification - C-diff bacteria is normally within our intestines - destructive imbalance occurs when it over populates due to antibiotic therapy reducing ‘good’ bacteria which keeps C-diff in check. (Hope that makes sense to you.)

*Also… be sure child is well hydrated - at all times.

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #68 by JMH
Posted: August 19, 2010 at 02:34
Hey ladyk,

He is currently on both the bactrim and mupirocin which is a substitute for bactroban for his nostrils. I haven't yet been presecribed anything but should be shortly. We are/have not seen an infectious disease doctor. Would that be necessary since we would both be on antibiotics and will be checked again for MRSA after the full courses are completed?

Also, we are giving him lactobacillus twice daily to restore the active cultures in his digestive system that are flushed out due to the occasional diarrhea. And his breathing is doing just fine. I am hoping that we caught both of ours in time. But especially his as I have had no symptoms of it.

Thanks for all the info!
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #69 by mrod424
Posted: August 19, 2010 at 16:48
Help! I had arthroscopic surgery on August 9, 2010. Everything was great
until the incisions begin to inflame on Sunday evening. I saw the PA at the
surgeon's office on Monday and he said he thought it was an allergy to the
adhesives and stitched one of the incisions. On Tuesday, the area had almost
doubled in size. Yesterday, it again grew in area and the blistering formation
continued. I went back to the surgeon yesterday. His nurse said it was MRSA
immediately. The surgeon didn't want to committ and put me on cortisone
cream. The nurse said she would get me a referral to a ID, but it didn't
happen. By evening I went to the ER ... again, he said this is MRSA. He sent
me home with bactrim and nothing else. it is extrememly painful and now
don't know what to do. I can't get into an ID .... it hurts, and is going to have
sores. I have tiredness like I've never experienced before and pain that is
almost unbearable around the wounds. The ER doc put me on Bactim. I have
only taken on dose, and within minutes started itching all over. PLEASE GIVE
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #70 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 19, 2010 at 20:08
Look around this forum and read the threads on Garlic and also the threads that don't have garlic in their name. Cheap, locally grown garlic may be what you are looking for.

Crushed raw non-irradiated garlic kills MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become immune to it. Read the threads and learn about all the different ways to use it - there's a lot more wqays to use garlic than eating it.

People who are allergic to garlic should never touch it.

Long soaks in warm garlic water baths can works wonders in how a person feels.

Good luck to you.

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #71 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 20, 2010 at 04:41

I'm sorry to hear about your child's respiratory problem.

Read everything you can about garlic on this forum and it will open your eyes about something that might possibly be able to halp your child.

Crushed raw non-irradiated garlic is a very powerful antibiotic that can kill MRSA in its tracks but it has to come into contact with the MRSA to work. A big problem is that nobody knows how much is enough or too much for infants and they may have allergies no one knows about and you certainly wouldn't want to use garlic if you or your child is allergic to it. So you are really on your own here.

Read all about garlic water and how to make it because it might be very helpful. One way is to put a mild solution of garlic water into an ultrasound vaporizer that does not use heat. By getting the garlic vapor into the air, your child can breathe it in and possibly benefit from it.

This forum is one of the best places on the internet to learn about how to use the antibiotic properties of garlic to your advantage.
Educate yourself because an educated patient makes better decisions.

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #72 by ladyk
Posted: August 20, 2010 at 15:40
mrod424 -

Seek medical attention right away… if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Bactrim:

Severe allergic reactions *anaphylaxis (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness);

blistered, peeling, red, or swollen skin; bloody or black, tarry stools; chest pain; chills, fever, or sore throat; confusion; dark urine; decreased urination; depression; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; joint or muscle pain; mental or mood changes; painful or stiff neck; purple patches under the skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; stomach cramps/pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusually pale skin; vaginal irritation or discharge; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

MRSA can rapidly spiral out of control and become a most serious health issue which should not be underestimated, do not waste time with those who do not hold expertise in the field of Infectious Diseases. Your health and well being are at stake!


Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #73 by ladyk
Posted: August 20, 2010 at 16:00
mrod424 -


This infection site must be *cultured in order to know with absolute certainty what bacteria is identified, so it can be treated appropriately with susceptible method of care. Anything other is pure speculation.


Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #74 by Thanks ladyk
Posted: August 20, 2010 at 21:00
I got into to my GP, have an appoint with ID on Tuesday. I had to stop the
Bactrim because of the hives and my throat swelling. My GP gave me
doxycycline and mupirocin for the sores and my nose to decolonize. He is
concerned about the infection turning into osteomylitis in my knee or even
more vulnerable foot which has a non-union Jones fracture of the 5th
metatarsal (fractured on 4/5/10 and still not healed.) I am using a bone
growth stimulator and I've asked if it was ok to keep using that but have not
been answered on that one. The ER doc did order a culture, they swabbed
the outside of a scab since there were no draining sores at the time. The
blisters have slowed down, but the wounds still add a rim of blistered skin
ever 12 hours of so. I don't understand why everyone minimizes the risk
here. I have auto-immune diseases, sjogrens and possibly lupus. I think
doctors just get tired of hearing complaints. I am so sick with headache,
body aches, bone pain in my leg, knee and foot and sores that hurt terribly.
The best I can do is Tuesday ...... hope I survive this.
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #75 by Anonymous
Posted: September 9, 2010 at 06:03
Im fighting off the infection right now as well. I had a giant abscess under my arm about the size of a large grape. I keep getting better each day. My advice is to do what the doctor tells you to do. Also, keep a very positive attitude and know that it will go away and with each day you will notice it getting better. Keep ya head up.
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #76 by Jennifer
Posted: September 10, 2010 at 16:19
I have been off and on bactrim for 1 yr now.I contracted it at work and it is terrible.What is worse is I work around inmates who im sure are constantly reinfecting me.I am a medical assistant and am raising three kids.I cann't quit my job.I seem to be getting it more and more.I wonder what is going on inside my body ?And is my job going to kill me.I.m scared.
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #77 by mark harris
Posted: September 21, 2010 at 19:36
hi , i need some help..... i had surgery back in dec 08 and since then have been dealing with a mrsa infection and i really need some advice on what to do to finally get rid of it. the dr. tried some anti-biotics when i first got an infection and then when it came back out me on bactrim for first 2 weeks and the next time the infection came back he put me on it for a month and then when it came back again he put me on bactrim for 6 months but it came back again always right around 6-8 weeks after i stop taking the bactrim.
i have some other complications to this which are i have multiple sclerosis and rhumetoid arthritis (which i am on a low prednisone dosa (4mg). other than that i have had to stop all medicine associated with prevention/caring for the m.s. and r.a. because they lower your immune system.
if anyone has any suggestions or ideas to help me please let me know
Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #78 by ladyk
Posted: September 23, 2010 at 16:57
mark -

I suggest you see an Infectious Disease specialist, if you are not already seeing one.

What was the nature of your back surgery? Any hardware implants? Was MRSA cultured from surgical wound, or are you having lesion outbreaks?

First thing that comes to mind is… has infection site been re-cultured prior to each new round of Bactrim?

In order to gain control over MRSA one must address appropriate topical care, internal care/immune support, and environmental control of bacteria. One without the other, along with inappropriate care… can perpetuate infection.

It is important to build a better body by supplying the body with that which it lacks from diet through supplementation. Our bodies are biologically preprogrammed to seek and destroy system invaders, given the proper tools we can assist this function.

Becoming knowledgeable about affliction will prove to protect you best.

I'll wait for your answers to respond further.

Best wishes,

Re: does bactrim work on mrsa
Reply #79 by joey
Posted: October 8, 2010 at 16:24
Does bactrim work for trichomonis?
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