It sounds like your Dad's MRSA may only be in the urinary tract and that the treatment for that is what your Dad received. My husband had more Vancomycin because he had an abscess behind his kidney which contained the MRSA and it took longer for the antibiotics to work. When they culture the urine and blood when they find the cause of the infections then they test which antibiotics will kill the bacteria. Then they give the patient the antibiotic that will work best. Julie
I don't have any suggestions other than...Lysol or Oust (surface & Air) have been my best friends since my husband was diagnosed. Maybe ask about something for nausea, and supplement drinks to keep the nutrients going it...I feel for you and your Dad...
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Geez Harley......its probably better that he is out of the hospital enviornment...Bactrim is a good drug.........http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hotnews/68h393933671.html
Here's a good article from Mayo on keeping things sterile around the house and how to minimize re-contamination. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735/DSECTION=8
The Bactrim can be taken with food...but the Rifampin needs to be taken on an empty stomach 1 hr before or 2 hrs after food.....and lots of water.
I know several of you have had the unfortunate experience of contracting a MRSA. I know Joe had to have IV vancomycin for 38 days.
My Dad has an infection diagnosed as a MRSA. He was on IV vancomycin and gentamycin in the hospital post-op for two days. He was released with an Rx for Bactrim and Rifampin to be taken twice a day for 10 days.
I realize that MRSAs are bad. Any idea why my Dad would be dismissed from the hospital after only two days of IV antiobiotics and still having the MRSA? I know he had not run a fever for 24 hours and is able to take pills by mouth. Is that the criteria for dismissal when you still have this infection?
Also, do oral antibiotics ever cure this infection? He still feels really crummy a week later and is nauseated from having to take the antibiotics on an empty stomach. I worry that oral antibiotics won't be enough to knock this thing out. He has an appointment with the uro next Tuesday. I suppose a culture will be done to determine if these two drugs are working.
Has anyone here been treated for MRSA with oral antibiotics? If so, which ones and how long did you have to take them until the infection was gone?