Nervous system disorders

Bacterial meningitis

About Bacterial meningitis

Meningitis is inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges. There are several types of meningitis. The most common is viral meningitis, which you get when a virus enters the body through the nose or mouth and travels to the brain. Bacterial meningitis is rare, but can be deadly. It usually starts with bacteria that cause a cold-like infection. It can block blood vessels in the brain and lead to stroke and brain damage. It can also harm other organs. Pneumococcal infections and meningococcal infections can cause bacterial meningitis.

Anyone can get meningitis, but it is more common in people whose bodies have trouble fighting infections. Meningitis can progress rapidly. You should seek medical care quickly if you have

  • A sudden fever
  • A severe headache
  • A stiff neck

Early treatment can help prevent serious problems, including death. Vaccines can prevent some of the bacterial infections that cause meningitis. Parents of adolescents and students living in college dorms should talk to a doctor about the vaccination.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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All Medications for Bacterial meningitis

  • cefotaxime
    Prescription only

    Claforan (cefotaxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Flagyl
    (metronidazole)
    Prescription only

    Flagyl (Metronidazole) is a very good way to treat certain bacterial infections, but you can't have any alcohol while on it since it'll make you throw up. A lot.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release tablet
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Infusion (iv)
  • ceftriaxone
    Prescription only

    Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Infusion (iv)
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Infusion (iv)

Medication side effects for Bacterial meningitis

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Rash.

  • cefotaxime: 2%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have Rash

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Rash

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