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Medications for Meningitis

About Meningitis

Meningitis is an infection which causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Non-bacterial meningitis is often referred to as "aseptic meningitis." Bacterial meningitis may be referred to as "purulent meningitis."

Drugs used to treat Meningitis

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
ceftriaxone Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: ceftriaxone systemic

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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vancomycin 7.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: vancomycin systemic

Brand names:  Vancocin, Vancocin HCl, Vancocin HCl Pulvules

Drug class: glycopeptide antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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meropenem Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: meropenem systemic

Brand name:  Merrem

Drug class: carbapenems

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Bactrim 1.0 1 review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim 1.0 1 review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Brand names:  Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Co-trimoxazole, Septra DS, Septra, Sulfatrim Pediatric …show all

Drug class: sulfonamides

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cefotaxime Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: cefotaxime systemic

Brand name:  Claforan

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

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Flagyl Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: metronidazole systemic

Drug class: amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics

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metronidazole Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: metronidazole systemic

Brand names:  Flagyl, Flagyl 375, Flagyl IV

Drug class: amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics

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Bactrim DS Rate Add review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

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rifampin Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: rifampin systemic

Brand names:  Rifadin, Rifadin IV, Rimactane

Drug class: rifamycin derivatives

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Ceftin Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: cefuroxime systemic

Drug class: second generation cephalosporins

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amikacin Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: amikacin systemic

Brand names:  Amikin, Amikin Pediatric

Drug class: aminoglycosides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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ampicillin 10 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: ampicillin systemic

Drug class: aminopenicillins

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chloramphenicol Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: chloramphenicol systemic

Brand names:  Chloromycetin, Chloromycetin Sodium Succinate

Drug class: miscellaneous antibiotics

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For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

triamcinolone Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: triamcinolone systemic

Brand names:  Kenalog-40, Clinacort

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Vancocin 7.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: vancomycin systemic

Drug class: glycopeptide antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

cefuroxime Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: cefuroxime systemic

Brand names:  Ceftin, Zinacef

Drug class: second generation cephalosporins

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gentamicin Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: gentamicin systemic

Brand name:  Garamycin

Drug class: aminoglycosides

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Claforan Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: cefotaxime systemic

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

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Co-trimoxazole Rate Add review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Flagyl 375 Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: metronidazole systemic

Drug class: amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Kenalog-40 Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: triamcinolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

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For professionals: Prescribing Information

Septra DS Rate Add review
Rx D N X

Generic name: sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim systemic

Drug class: sulfonamides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

ceftazidime Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: ceftazidime systemic

Brand names:  Fortaz, Tazicef

Drug class: third generation cephalosporins

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Clinacort Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: triamcinolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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