Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treatment
Treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease usually includes antibiotics, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control. In most cases, pelvic inflammatory disease can be treated on an outpatient basis. Those who are more ill, have a poorly functioning immune system, or are pregnant may need to be hospitalized for treatment. Rarely, surgery is required to drain an infection that has formed a pelvic abscess.
Treatment options for pelvic inflammatory disease include:
- Antibiotic combinations for pelvic inflammatory disease
- Cefoxitin (Mefoxin) plus doxycycline (Bio-Tab, Doryx)
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) plus doxycycline (Bio-Tab, Doryx)
- Cefotetan (Cefotan) plus doxycycline (Bio-Tab, Doryx)
- Clindamycin (Cleocin) plus gentamicin (Gentacidin, Garamycin)
- Ampicillin and sulbactam (Unasyn) plus doxycycline (Doryx)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Intravenous fluids for hydration and antibiotic administration
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having pelvic inflammatory disease again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat pelvic inflammatory disease:
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