Vancomycin is currently used against bacteria displaying resistance to penicillin

Vancomycin is currently used against bacteria displaying resistance to penicillin

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Vancomycin is currently used against bacteria displaying resistance to penicillin, cephalosporin, and other antibiotics. Vancomycin is a very expensive antibiotic with numerous side effects, and it is used only in life-threatening situations. It interferes with cell wall formation in bacteria. is effective against a broad range of bacteria including Gram-positive and Gram- negative bacteria, rickettsiae, and chlamydiae. However, it has serious side effects such as aplastic anemia (blood cells without hemoglobin), and it may induce the gray syndrome (a type of cardiovascular collapse) in babies. Therefore, it is used for only the most serious bacterial infections such as typhoid fever and meningitis. Sulfa drugs such as sulfamethoxazole and sulfisoxazole are effective against Gram-positive bacteria. These bacteria produce folic acid, and the sulfa drugs interfere with its production by replacing para-...
View Full Document

Page1 / 2

Vancomycin is currently used against bacteria displaying resistance to penicillin

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online