Cardiovascular disease

Endocarditis

(Heart infection)

About Endocarditis

Endocarditis, also called infective endocarditis (IE), is an inflammation of the inner lining of the heart. The most common type, bacterial endocarditis, occurs when germs enter your heart. These germs come through your bloodstream from another part of your body, often your mouth. Bacterial endocarditis can damage your heart valves. If untreated, it can be life-threatening. It is rare in healthy hearts.

Risk factors include having

  • An abnormal or damaged heart valve
  • An artificial heart valve
  • Congenital heart defects

The signs and symptoms of IE can vary from person to person. They also can vary over time in the same person.

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All Medications for Endocarditis

  • Erythromycin
    Prescription only

    Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release tablet
    • Extended release
  • Amoxicillin
    Prescription only

    Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Liquid
  • Azithromycin
    Prescription only

    Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Eye drops
  • Keflex
    (Cephalexin)
    Prescription only

    Keflex (Cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, if you are on medications to thin your blood, you can be more likely to bleed.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Powder for oral suspension
  • 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)
  • Doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release capsule
    • Liquid

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