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does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Started by ash65
Posted: May 21, 2010 at 01:14
I'd had a sore on my hand, rash on my legs that kept getting bigger and redder and when I went to doctor at clinic 6 weeks ago he gave me bactroban ointment to put on it and told me stop scratching. I went back 3 weeks ago then he just refilled bactroban ointment and still said stop scratching. This time I had rash on face also.

Last week went to derm (no insurance so understand my dilemma in not being able to go to infectious disease because of money) and she was amazed the clinic doctor never prescribed oral antibiotics.

She gave me 28 supply of Bactrim and today I went in for follow up appt. Over the weekend after day 3 on Bactrim I developed hives all over thighs, arms and stomach. She told me today to stop bactroban ointment, switched me from Bactrim DS to Cipro 750 mg 2x/day for 14 days.

What concerns me is she said if the Cipro doesn't appear to work over 3 days go to ER for IV antibiotics. I'm not sure and am thinking of a second opinion from urgent care doctor because last week the derm doctor said if after 14 days the Bactrim wasn't working continue for 28 days.

So now she says (after 7 days on Bactrim but having side effects) that to take Cipro for only 3 days go to ER. Shouldn't I wait longer to see if Cipro works? I've also read lots online (the demise of my sanity, too much info sometimes online) that MRSA is resistant to Cipro.

I'm concerned and not sure what to do. I really do not want to have to go to ER because without insurance it will cost thousands I think. Oh yes today the derm did take a culture. Not sure what good that will do.

(this is a repost as I mistakenly posted it under the does bactrim work on mrsa thread)
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #1 by Stacey
Posted: May 21, 2010 at 03:37

Well the culture the derm did will tell you if it's definitely MRSA, and what antibiotics will kill the specific strain(s) you have. Cipro can kill MRSA if the culture comes back that it's susceptible to it.

I'm not an expert, or anything, and I'm sure I wasn't much help- but I've had a culture done, and Cipro was one of the antibiotics that's supposed to work for my infection, so maybe it will work for yours.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #2 by ash65
Posted: May 21, 2010 at 05:30
Stacey, you did help and thanks for letting me know cipro will work for your infection. I'm hoping when the culture comes back it will be the same for me and I don't have to get i.v. antibiotics.

There is just so much info on the interent it's hard to sort it all out. I'm glad I found this place.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #3 by Katoo1
Posted: May 17, 2011 at 03:13
I'm newly diagnosed and my culture just came back TODAY. My culture
showed sensitivity to Cipro, which I've been taking for one week. I
had an abscess on my right leg that popped up last weekend and an
impetigo rash on my shins that I've been battling for a long while. I
was even treated for scabies in March. Finally, I'm getting some
relief. The abscess is much better, the impetigo has not changed too
much, but I think it is less angry looking.

Based on the reading I've been doing here, when they called me with
the culture result, I had the sense to ask "Is this MRSA?" and they
told me, yes it was. Before I asked, they weren't going to tell me.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #4 by Joe
Posted: March 16, 2012 at 19:16
I have absess on my leg from iv injecting. Ciprofloxacn is the only antibodies I
have. Will this help the absess and infection????
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #5 by stillgotit
Posted: July 25, 2012 at 19:29
The dr gave you cipro? Do you have MRSA? Did he do a culture?

OR do you meant that you already have the cipro from another time? If so, see a dr; other bacteria could cause abcesses, too. (ie, strep) Plus, the MRSA or whatever could have mutated/become resistant to prior abx.

Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #6 by Jojo
Posted: August 19, 2012 at 12:03
Does cipro kill mrsa
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #7 by Ben
Posted: August 20, 2012 at 18:53
It depends. Some strains fo MRSA are resitant to cipro.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #8 by Mom in Calif
Posted: August 30, 2012 at 04:55
I haven't been on this forum for quite a while - was here for more than a year when our son was having issues.

Please be extremely careful with the fluoroquinolone family of antibiotics, which includes Cipro as well as Levaquin and a few more. Consider them LAST RESORT only, i.e. if your condition is near fatal. Cipro and related antibiotics disrupt mitochondrial activity across all cells, and can penetrate the blood-brain barrier as well - and leading to tendon rupture, peripheral neuropathy, central nervous system disorders and other permanent debilitating conditions.

Most physicians have only a cursory knowledge of these adverse reactions. The effect is cumulative, but can result from as little as a single dose, and can manifest long after the course of treatment is over.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #9 by sad mommy
Posted: August 30, 2012 at 09:20
Mom in calif- just windering how you and your family are you doing? Is your son
Still Mrsa free? (I think I seen that his last outbreak was. June 2010 that was
posted) has he had anymore spots?
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #10 by Mom in Calif
Posted: August 31, 2012 at 18:20
Hi sad mommy!

Our son is finally in the clear! He has had to change his diet - absolutely limiting sugar and citrus which are both triggers for him, especially when stressed. His immune system had been compromised from too many antibiotics in infancy, and when he hit puberty he began to experience all kinds of subtle problems, ending in recurrent staph infections.

We ended up at a dual-degree doctor (MD and Chinese medicine) who helped our son rebuild his immune system with the support of Chinese herbs. It took seven months, but it was well worth it. My son is now in shining good health, it is really amazing to see the difference.

Thank you for remembering us and asking :)!

The back-story to my comment here about fluoroquinolones is another story! We lost my elderly father to this family of drugs, and my husband was severely impacted five years ago and is still dealing with the aftermath...
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #11 by RR
Posted: November 23, 2012 at 16:27
Cipro has been used for years in the outpatient setting. They are fairly safe like most prescribed medicines, all medicines, even holistic/herbal can have side effects. I don't know your exact experiences but it is very easy to blame a drug or other circumstances on a bad outcome--its retrospective analaysis most of the time. To only use fluorquinilones in a "near fatal condition" is ludicris-do you think you would "see" bad outcomes if this was your criteria for use--use only in patients who are essentially dead? I believe in healthier lifestyles then the typical American diet, but Chinese herbs are not the answer for 99% of the ailments most people have. Its called placebo or "tincture of time", the body is able to heal itself extraordinarily well. If you are going to blame your teenager's infections (10-13 years later) on infancy antibiotics, that's is almost definitely a wrong conclusion...retrospective analysis. Hence the use of blinded controlled studies in medicine when possible.
Cipro (on Walmart's $4 plan-hard to beat if you have no insurance) may cover certain MRSA infections, but MRSA can develop fluoroquinilone resistance fairly quick and should be limited in use in a practice population. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first part to treating your problems--not sure you have the right diagnosis between the 2 doctors above, or something has changed(did resistance develop?) if the diagnosis was correct. Atypical story = atypical cause = failure of typical treatment.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #12 by maybe so
Posted: February 18, 2013 at 03:36

Enterococcus faecalis;
Staph Aureus;
Staph epidermis;
Staph saprophyticus;
Strep pneumoniae; and
Strep pyogenes.

Campylobacter jejuni
Citrobacter diversus
Enterobacter cloacae
Haemophilus influenzae
Haemophilus parainfluenzae
Klebsiella pneumonae
Morganella morganii
Neisseria gonorrheae
Proteum mirabilis
Proteus vulgaris
Providencia rettgeri
Providencia stuartii
Pseudomonas aeruginose
Salmonella typhi
Serratia marcescens
Shigella flexneri
Shigella sonnei.
Effective against 90% of the strains of the following
In Vitro (test-tube) - - - -
Staph haemolyticus;
Staph hominis
Acinetobacter Iwoffi
Aeromonas caviae
Aeromonas hydrophilia
Brucella melitensis
Campylobacter coli
Edwardsiella tarda
Haemophilus ducreyi
Klebsiella oxytoca
Legionella pneumophila
Moraxella catarrhalis
Neisseria meningitidis
Pasteurella multocida
Salmonella enteritidis
Vibrio cholerae
Vibrio parahaemolyticus
Vibrio vulnificus
Yersinia enterocolitica
Clamydia trachomatis
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (moderate on both)

Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #13 by Zapper
Posted: August 20, 2013 at 17:30
I used PEF in the form of ParaZapper to get rid of my Staph aureus infection after antibiotics, including Cipro, failed.

Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #14 by Gail
Posted: June 30, 2014
What is Para zapper?
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #15 by give me the cipro
Posted: March 20, 2015 at 17:55
Parazapper is basically voo-doo medicine. "ParaZapper is a precision controlled electronic device that uses safe, low voltage pulsed electric fields, LVPEF, to kill..." blah, blah, blah...I'm glad someone thinks it works for them, but maybe all they needed was some sunlight/vitamin D. Seriously.
Re: does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Reply #16 by Zapper_Dave
Posted: October 2, 2017 at 18:52
My personal experience:
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