MRSA is resistant to some antibiotic treatment. Doxycycline is one of the antibiotics that can be used to successfully treat MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other staph infections. It is one of the tetracycline antibiotics and has been in use since the early 1960’s.
Prompt treatment with effective antibiotics like Doxycycline will prevent a serious MRSA infection. There may be some side affects, but they are usually not serious and will not prevent the use of the antibiotic.
In addition to treating MRSA with antibiotics, other treatment may also be necessary.
When a staph infection has been identified as a MRSA infection, a healthcare professional will determine if the doxycycline will be effective in treating the specific strain of MRSA that a person has. The antibiotic is available in the following forms:
- Capsule (regular, coated)
Doxycycline is usually taken once or twice a day and it is very important to take the full course of the prescription to for maximum effectiveness. Doxycycline works by preventing the growth and the spread of bacteria.
Vibramycin, Monodox, Microdox, Periostat, Vibra-Tabs, Oracea, Doryx, Doxylin, and Adoxa are other names for doxycycline. This antibiotic is usually not used for treating children with MRSA or other staph infection, but it is used for treating children with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It is most commonly used to treat CA-MRSA (community acquired MRSA). Doxycycline is also used to treat the following:
- Lyme disease
- infections of skin
- Genital and urinary system infections
- Anthrax (after inhalational exposure)
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
The side affects of this medication usually do not prevent it from being used for treating MRSA.
Doxycycline may cause side affects, but they often go away and are not persistent. A health care professional will decide if the side affects can be tolerated or an alternative antibiotic must be used instead of doxycycline. Common side affects can include diarrhea, sore mouth, itching of the rectum or vagina. This is often caused by a yeast infection or thrush because the beneficial bacteria are also affected by antibiotics.
Some side affects of doxycycline are serious and a health care professional should be informed. These are some of the more serious side affects of this antibiotic:
- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Rash or hives on the skin
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Eyes or skin turn yellow
- Urine that is dark
- Bowel movement that is light in color
- Excessive tiredness or weakness
- Less frequent urination
Monitoring side affect will prevent them from increasing in seriousness. Most people are able to be treated with this antibiotic with minimal or no problems.
If the side affects of the antibiotic doxycycline are severe and persistent, it may be decided that an alternative treatment will be needed. There are other antibiotics that can be used to treat MRSA. Surgery, drainage, and isolation, are ways to treat someone with MRSA and prevent it from spreading. Even when alternative methods are used, antibiotics will still be necessary.
Doxycycline is among the effective antibiotics that are used for MRSA Treatment.