PowerPoint: overview of cephalosporins pharmacology

This presentation is focused on the core characteristics of cephalosporins as a group. It highlights the differences in terms of bacterial coverage between different generations, using some clinical uses as examples.

PowerPoint: cephalosporins pharmacology

Lecture outline:

  • Chemical characteristics of beta-lactams.
  • Mechanism of action.
  • First, second, third and fourth¬† generation cephalosporins drug list.
  • Bacterial coverage of first, second, third and fourth generation cephalosporins.
  • Clinical uses.
  • Adverse effects.
  • Ceftriaxone and meningitis.

Further reading

Gilbert, D; Moellering R (editors) “Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy”, 39th edition. Antimicrobial therapy: 2009

Hauser, A. “Antibiotic Basics for Clinicians: Choosing the Right Antibacterial Agent”.1st edition. LWW:2007

Gallagher, J. “Antibiotics Simplified“. 1st edition. Jones & Bartlett Publishers: 2008

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