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 havingAn abnormal or damaged heart valve An artificial heart valve Congenital heart defectsThe signs and symptoms of IE can vary from person to person. They also can vary over time in the same person.

All Medications for Endocarditis

  • Ery-Tab
    (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
  • Zyvox
    (linezolid)
    Prescription only

    Zyvox (linezolid) is good first-choice treatment for serious infections caused by gram positive bacteria.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection

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