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Meningitis Treatments

Meningitis: Treatments Inroduction

The first step in treating meningitis is preventing its occurrence and spread. A vaccine to prevent acute bacterial meningitis caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis is available for children and certain persons at risk for the disease. They include travellers who go to high risk areas of the world and people, such as military personnel and college students, who live in crowded situations. Vaccination may also be recommended for some health care professionals who are at risk for exposure to the disease.

Prevention of the spread of acute meningitis also includes frequent hand washing and covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.

Acute bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency, because it can rapidly result in permanent, serious complications and death within days. Treatment includes hospitalization, generally in an intensive care setting. Immediate administration of intravenous antibiotics is vital to effectively treat acute bacterial meningitis before complications arise. Complications, such as brain swelling, seizures, and coma will also need aggressive intensive care treatment and sometimes life support measures.

Some types of viral meningitis are treated with antiviral drugs. Antibiotics are generally not given because they are not effective in treating viral meningitis. However, in some cases, antibiotics may be administered as a precaution if the cause of meningitis cannot be determined very quickly.

Treatment of all types of meningitis also includes rest, pain medications and anti-fever medications and fluid administration by mouth or through an IV.

People who have had close contact with a person with meningitis, such as family members, friends, schoolmates, roommates, and health care workers, may also need to be treated for the disease, even in the absence of symptoms.

Meningitis: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Meningitis from various sources may include:

Treatments for Meningitis

The following treatments are listed for Meningitis in our knowledge base:

Alternative Treatments for Meningitis

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Meningitis in various sources may include:

Drugs and Medications used to treat Meningitis:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Meningitis may include:

  • Dexamethasone
  • Flucytosine - mainly used to treat meningitis caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • 5-fluorocytosine - mainly used to treat meningitis caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • 5-FC - mainly used to treat meningitis caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Ancobon - mainly used to treat meningitis caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Ancotil - mainly used to treat meningitis caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Novo-triphyl - mainly used to treat meningitis caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Vancomycin I.V
  • PMS-Vancomycin
  • Vancor
  • Cefotaxime
  • Claforan
  • Benaxima
  • Blosint
  • Cefadril
  • Clatoran
  • Fotexina
  • Taporin
  • Viken
  • Rocephin
  • Amcel
  • Benaxona
  • Cefaxona
  • Ceftrex
  • Tacex
  • Terbac
  • Triaken
  • Ceftriaxone

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Meningitis:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Meningitis may include:

Latest treatments for Meningitis

The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Meningitis:

Treatments for Causes of Meningitis

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Meningitis:

More causes: not all possible causes for Meningitis are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Meningitis.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Meningitis:

The following list of conditions have 'Meningitis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Meningitis:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Meningitis' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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