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Toxic Shock Syndrome (cont.)

Toxic Shock Syndrome Medications

  • Antibiotics effective against S. aureus and S. pyogenes are given if toxic shock syndrome is suspected. These antibiotics may be changed later based on the results of the cultures. Initial antibiotics may include nafcillin (Nallpen, Unipen), oxacillin (Bactocill), penicillin, and/or clindamycin (Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric), often in combination.
  • Medications to increase blood pressure may be given if blood pressure is low. These medications may include dopamine or epinephrine.
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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a toxin-mediated multisystem disease precipitated by infection with either Staphylococcus aureus or group A Streptococcus (GAS), also called Streptococcus pyogenes.

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