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Common Antibiotics

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 3 hours
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Course Summary

There are many antibiotics available in the United States to treat various forms of infection. Understanding the benefits and risks of antibiotic therapy, such as adverse effects associated with specific antibiotics, and the safe administration and monitoring of patients receiving antibiotics can appear daunting. However, issues of antibiotic therapy may be approached by knowing the adverse effects common to all antibiotics, those at risk of having adverse effects and the level of severity of adverse effects as well as any testing required for detection. The main classes of antibiotics and the specific antibiotics available in the U.S., in particular, the aminoglycoside, carbapenem, cephalosporin, glycopeptide, lincosamide, macrolide, penicillin, quinolone, sulfonamide, tetracycline, metronidazole and nitrofurantoin antibiotics are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Mechanism Of Antibiotic Action
    1. Adverse Effects
    2. Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
    3. Allergic Reactions
    4. Cross-Reactivity
    5. Hepatic Damage
    6. Nephrotoxicity
  3. Antibiotic Resistance
  4. Aminoglycosides
  5. Carbapenems
  6. Cephalosporins
  7. Glycopeptides
  8. Macrolides
  9. Lincosamides
  10. Penicillins
  11. Sulfonamides
  12. Quinolones
  13. Tetracyclines
  14. Miscellaneous Antibiotics: Metronidazole And Nitrofurantoin
  15. Guidelines For Administering Antibiotics
  16. Patient Teaching
  17. Summary


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