MRSA Antibiotic Treatment
While MRSA is a Staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics, there are antibiotics that can treat and kill MRSA. One of these antibiotics that MRSA is not resistant to, and is often prescribed by doctors for MRSA, is Avelox. If your doctor has prescribed Avelox, you may want to know more about the antibiotic.
Avelox is an antibiotic that is mainly prescribed to treat sinus and lung infections. It works by killing bacteria that causes sinusitis, pneumonia and secondary infections in patients that have chronic bronchitis. Recently, however, it has started to be used to treat skin infections caused by staph or strep bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics, known as MRSA.
This drug is a member of the quinolone family of antibiotics. As with other antibiotics, it only works for fighting bacteria. It cannot cure a viral infection of any kind.
In some cases, these antibiotics can cause a patient to have a severe allergic reaction. If this happens, you should stop taking Avelox immediately and call your doctor. Here are some examples of symptoms you will have if you’re allergic to the drug: skin rash, tingling, hives, shortness of breath, swelling of the face or throat and difficulty swallowing.
Avelox can be ingested with or without food. As mentioned before, your doctor will only prescribe this medication to treat a bacterial infection. It is very important to keep taking the drug and finish the prescription even after you are feeling better. If you do not, the drug’s effectiveness will decrease and you will up your chances that the bacteria will become resistant to the drug and other drugs in the quinolone family. Also, remember to drink plenty of water while taking Avelox.
Most patients will not develop side effects while taking the drug. If they do occur, they are usually mild. Some of the most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea and dizziness.