A 39-year-old member asked:
is it possible for ampicillin and cloxacillin to treat staph aureous?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Yes.. but: I would be wary with ampicillin as most strains are beta-lactamase + . Unless, the lab test shows penicillin or ampicillin sensitivity I will not use this drug to treat staph infection blindly. A better relative drug option is amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, the latter component inhibits the beta-lactamase enzyme. Cloxacillin and amox-clav will act against Methicillin sensitive staph but not MRSA.
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Last updated Jul 5, 2014
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