Antibiotics Implicated In Recent Outbreaks

ANTIBIOTICS
CLOSTRIDIUM diseases
CEPHALOSPORINS -- Therapeutic use
CLINDAMYCIN -- Therapeutic use
DRUGS -- Side effects
ANTI-infective agents
Abstract:

The article presents information on antibiotic families and clindamycin that are implicated in the recent outbreaks of Clostridium difficile-associated diseases. The fluoroquinolone antibiotic family is known by one or more brand names. The brand names for the second- and third-generation cephalosporins antibiotic family include Vantin. Clindamycin is used for life-threatening infections that do not respond to penicillin.


ANTIBIOTICS -- Side effects
CLOSTRIDIUM difficile
DIARRHEA
MORTALITY
METRONIDAZOLE -- Therapeutic use
HEARTBURN -- Treatment
Geographic Terms:
CANADA
UNITED States

Abstract:
The article focuses on the link between the overuse of antibiotic and the overgrowth of Clostridium difficile which causes severe form of diarrhea and increased rate of fatalities in the U.S. and Canada. Seven percent of hospital patients who were diagnosed with hospital-borne Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea died in Canada. Physicians need to prescribe metronidazole in treating diarrhea. The use of heartburn medicines is associated with a higher incidence of Clostridium difficile.

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