Sunday, April 1, 2012


·         Drugs derived wholly or partially from certain microorganisms and are used to treat bacterial or fungal infections. They are ineffective against viruses.
·          Antibiotics either kill microorganisms or stop them from reproducing, allowing elimination by the body's natural defense.
o    Aminoglycosides: Inhibit protein synthesis by binding to a portion of the bacterial ribosome. Most of them are bacteriocidal (i.e., cause bacterial cell death).
o    Bacitracin: Inhibits cell wall production by blocking the step in the process (recycling of the membrane lipid carrier) which is needed to add on new cell wall subunits.
o    Beta-lactam antibiotics: A name for the group of antibiotics which contain a specific chemical structure (i.e., a beta-lactam ring). This includes penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems and monobactams.
o    Cephalosporins: Similar to penicillins in their mode of action but they treat a broader range of bacterial infections. They have structural similarities to penicillins and many people with allergies to penicillins also have allergic reactions to cephalosporins.
o    Chloramphenicol: Inhibits protein synthesis by binding to a subunit of bacterial ribosomes (50S).
o    Glycopeptides (e.g., vancomycin):  Interferes with cell wall development by blocking the attachment of new cell wall subunits (muramyl pentapeptides).
o    Macrolides (e.g., erythromycin) and Lincosamides (e.g., clindamycin): Inhibit protein synthesis by binding to a subunit of the bacterial ribosome (50S).
o    Penicillins:  Inhibits formation of the bacterial cell wall by blocking cross-linking of the cell wall structure. The cell wall is a needed protective casing for the bacterial cell.
o    Quinolones: Blocks DNA synthesis by inhibiting one of the enzymes (DNA gyrase)
o    Tetracyclines: Inhibit protein synthesis by binding to the subunit of the bacterial ribosome (30S subunit).
o    Trimethoprim and Sulfonamides: Blocks cell metabolism by inhibiting enzymes which are needed in the biosynthesis of folic acid which is a necessary cell compound.

·         Amikacin       
·         Gentamicin
·         Kanamycin
·         Neomycin
·         Netilmicin
·         Streptomycin
·         Tobramycin

       Infections caused by gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella
        Hearing loss
·         Dizziness


        Ertapenem        Imipenem/  cilastatin
       Gangrene, sepsis,  pneumonia, abdominal and urinary infections, and (except for ertapenem)Pseudomonas infections
      Cephalosporins, 1st generation

·              Cefadroxil
·               Cefazolin
         Skin and soft tissue   infections
      Gastrointesti-nal upset and diarrhea
       Allergic reactions

     Cephalosporins, 2nd generation

·         Cefaclor
·         Cefamandole
·         Cephalexin
·         Cefoxitin
·         Cefprozil
        Some respiratory and abdominal infections
      Gastrointesti -al upset and diarrhea
       Allergic reactions

      Cephalosporins, 3rd generation

·         Cefixime
·         Cefdinir
·         Cefditoren
·         Cefoperazone
·         Cefotaxime
·         Cefpodoxime
·         Ceftazidime
·         Ceftibuten
·         Ceftizoxime
        Broad coverage of many bacteria for people with mild-to-moderate infections (oral) and serious illness (by injection
      Gastrointesti -al upset and diarrhea
       Allergic  reactions

       Cephalosporins, 4th generation

        Serious infections, particularly in people with a weakened immune system
       Gastrointesti -al upset and diarrhea
       Allergic  reactions


·         Azithromycin
·         Clarithromycin
·         Dirithromycin
·         Erythromycin
Streptococcal infections, syphilis, respiratory infections, myoplasmal infections, Lyme disease
·         Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (especially at higher doses)

      Infections caused by gram-negative bacteia
       Allergic reactions

·         Amoxicillin
·         Ampicillin
·         Carbenicillin
·         Cloxacillin
·         Dicloxacillin
·         Nafcillin
·         Oxacillin
·         Penicillin G
·         Penicillin V
·         Piperacillin
        Wide range of infections; penicillin used for streptococcal infections, syphilis, and Lyme disease
·         Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
·         Allergy with serious anaphylactic reactions
        Brain and kidney damage (rare)

·         Bacitracin
·         Colistin
        Polymyxin B
       Ear, eye, skin, or bladder infections; usually applied directly to the skin or eye; rarely given by injection
       Kidney and nerve damage (when given by injection)

·         Ciprofloxacin
·         Enoxacin
·         Gatifloxacin
·         Levofloxacin
·         Lomefloxacin
·         Moxifloxacin
·         Norfloxacin
·         Ofloxacin
        Urinary tract infections, bacterial prostatitis, bacterial diarrhea, gonorrhea
·         Nausea (rare)
·         Nervousness, tremors, seizures
       Inflammation or rupture of tendons

·         Mafenide
·         Sulfacetamide
·         Sulfamethizole
·         Sulfasalazine
·         Sulfisoxazole
        Trimethoprim- sulfamethoxazole
        Urinary tract infections (except sulfasalazine, sulfacetamide, and mafenide); mafenide is used topically for burns
·         Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
·         Allergy (including skin rashes)


·         Demeclocycline
·         Doxycycline
·         Minocycline
·         Oxytetracycline
       Syphilis, chlamydial infections, Lyme disease, mycoplasmal infections, rickettsial infections
·         Gastrointestinal upset
·         Sensitivity to sunlight
·         Staining of teeth
        Potential toxicity to mother and fetus during pregnancy

General Nursing Considerations:

ü  Instruct patient that antibiotics are for bacterial infections and are not effective in treating viral infections.
ü  Emphasize importance of asking questions about antibiotic prescription.
ü  Use the correct method to instill medications.
ü  Monitor laboratory values.
ü  Intruct the patient to complete the prescribed medication regimen as ordered, regardless of whether the patient feels relief quickly or not.
ü  Teach instructions to avoid such foods or supplements within several hours of taking the antibiotic dose for some antibiotics are less effective when taken with supplements or foods that are high in minerals such as iron or calcium.
ü  Provide patient teachings:
o    Specific antibiotic should not be taken if a previous allergic reaction has been experienced.
o    Take at evenly spaced intervals around the clock to maintain blood levels.
o    Do not take the medication after the expiration date.
o    Do not expose the drug to light, heat, or humidity.
o    Do not breast feed while taking Macrolide antibiotic.
o    Women on birth control pills need to use another form of birth control.
o    Most oral agents are taken on empty stomach as food decreases absorption.
o    Take oral agents with full glass of water to ensure drug is dissolving in the stomach.
o    Do not take left-over medications from previousi infection or those prescribed for another person.
ü  Provide teachings regarding potential side effects and their management, including the manifestations that necessitate stopping the drug, and notifying physician.

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