Cephalosporin antibiotics are a beta-lactam class of antibiotics that comes directly from the fungus Acremonium. Cephalosporin antibiotics were previously known as Cephalosporium and divided into three groups. This drug class works like penicillins. They possess the same kind of mechanistic type action that penicillin has. They are bacterial agents that are very good at killing off pre-existing bacteria.
Cephalosporin Antibiotics Drugs
Cephalosporin antibiotics are grouped specifically into what is called generations. Each generation treats a larger spectrum of bacterial infections. Below you will find drugs that are classified as cephalosporin antibiotics. First Generation Cephalosporin:
Second Generation Cephalosporin:
Third Generation Cephalosporin:
Cephalosporin Antibiotics Uses
The medical uses for Cephalosporin antibiotics are numerous. However, their main form of usage is for the treatment of certain bacterial infections. First-generation cephalosporin antibiotics are effective in working against many Gram-positive bacteria. The other generations of Cephalosporin antibiotics have a marked and successful effect against any form of Gram-negative bacteria. These antibiotics are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections from respiratory tract infections to skin infections to urinary tract infections.
Cephalosporin Antibiotics Side Effects
Side effects to cephalosporin antibiotics are uncommon. Some people will still suffer side effects, including an allergic reaction to the antibiotics. If you suffer from the following side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
- Itching or swelling
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe cramps
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
Cephalosporin Antibiotics Interactions
Like any other drug, cephalosporin antibiotics may interact with other drugs or medications. Below you will find a list of medications that may interact with these antibiotics. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.