Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (cont.)
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What Are the Medications for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Because samples of the bacteria from the upper genital tract are difficult to obtain and because many different organisms may be responsible for PID, especially if it is not the person's first occurrence, the doctor will usually prescribe at least two antibiotics at the same time that are effective against a wide range of infectious bacteria. The CDC recommends that all antibiotic treatments should be effective against N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis. The CDC lists several choices of antibiotics to use (for example, cefotetan (Cefotan, Apatef), 2 g IV every 12 hour plus doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox), 100 mg orally or IV every 12 hours). The duration of treatments vary according to the extent of the disease; the caregivers usually determine the length of treatments for each individual.
The doctor may provide IV antibiotics at the office, by a visiting nurse, or in a clinic. Emergency department doctors may also provide oral and IV antibiotic treatment. Depending on the severity of the particular case of PID, a doctor may also choose to admit the person for hospital treatment.
What Surgery is Available for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Untreated PID can cause chronic pelvic pain and scarring in about 20% of women. These conditions are difficult to treat but are sometimes improved with surgery. Surgery may also be needed to remove or drain a tubo-ovarian abscess if present.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/28/2016
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