What part of the bacteria do penicillins and cephalosporins work against?
Cell wall synthesis
What class of drugs are penicillins?
Are penicillins bacteriocidal or bacteriostatic?
Bacteriocidal--work on cell wall
Which bacteria are penicillins effective against?
Gram positive, aerobes, some anaerobes
Can you add clavulamic acid to penicillins?
Yes--it is a lactamase promotector; covers gram + and some gram - bac, including some anaerobes (gives more of a gram - effect)
Side effects of penicillins?
Generally rare, V/D, allergic reactions
What class of drugs are cephalosporins?
Are cephalosporins bacteriostatic or bacteriocidal?