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Thread: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

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    Default Re: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog family View Post
    Hi guys!!! Norm has MRSA (it will NEVER go away... once they have it they always will) in his wounds. I went to a holistic vet and she said just to keep an eye on it his time. And ta-da... it's cleared up without antibiotics or ointments or anything. Of course, it's easier on the top of his head than on his feet. Every place I heard about giving antibiotics for MRSA, the outcome hasn't been all that good. That is why I went to the holistic vet. She said she has had numerous cases without a single death.

    Good luck to you and let me know if you have any questions.
    Well, this sounds encouraging...I didn't realize this was relatively common.

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    Default Re: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

    I looked at a few research papers about this today,
    And they all said they used dressings soaked in rifampin to treat the MRSA with varying results.

    I too find @bulldog family's news about Norm very reassuring and am very happy Norms wounds have cleared up

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    Thanks @bulldog family and everyone else. I'm so glad Norm is feeling better! I think I will get the vet to look at the feet again and see if it is cleared up enough to not need the meds.
    I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

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    Default Re: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

    UPDATE:

    Went to the vet this morning to remove stitches and Dr was amazed at "how well the medicine was working". Well, I informed her that I actually had not started the meds and was taking him off others she had him on and was just using the foot soak and CS- she is definitely skeptical and still insisted that I buy the other medication but I think I will wait a little longer and see if it clears up on it's own and if it doesn't look even better in 2-3 days I will go buy the expensive meds.

    @bulldog family - how long did it take Norm's too heal up?
    Last edited by savemejeebus; 04-09-2011 at 04:47 PM. Reason: attempted to fix broken 'mention'
    I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

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    UPDATE:

    After speaking to the pharmacist and him letting me know that this medicine is actually used on human infants and is not as damaging to his liver as the other medicine we had him on, I decided to give it a try. His feet seem to be improving still and he has not gotten sick ....... However this medicine is SO strange because it turns all body fluids ORANGE. It is the weirdest thing but completely normal but thank goodness the pharmacist warned me because his urine was the color of burnt orange and I would have freaked!

    PS: not sure if this applies to all CVS pharmacies but Sarge's medicine was 40% cheaper buying from them rather than the vet and CVS has some type of animal medicine insurance that they applied to the meds as well. So that $150 the vet was charging was only $60 at CVS.
    I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

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    English Bulldog - Sergeant Mako "Sarge" (Aug 2008)
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    Default Re: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

    Glad his feet are doing better. That is interesting about CVS. I have gone to Target Pharmacy for pet meds before and they were super cheap. I know some antibiotics, etc are even on the $3 or $4 list at Target and Walmart.

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    Default Re: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

    @SargeandGriffon It tooks a few weeks to look better. It is still not 100% and probably won't ever be. Right now he has fur on his head, it just looks like we gave him a hair cut.
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    Default Re: ??? Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) for EB Skin Infection

    Glad to know that he is better now. We care so much for our Bullies and when we don't know what to do is the worst part about it. So many differeing opinions and treatment options. 2nd opinions and research are very important.
    That is good news !
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