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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (2021) | Physician Assistant (PA) School Study Aid


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Imipenem and Meropenem (Carbapenems)
Mechanism
Carbapenems
Broad-spectrum Antibiotic
Bactericidal
Indications
Gram Positive and Gram Negative Infections
Side Effects
GI Distress
Suprainfections
Seizures
Considerations
Penicillin Allergy
IV or IM Route
Imipenem Combined with Cilastatin
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Imipenem
Mechanism
Resistant to beta lactamases
Broad Spectrum
Indications
Anaerobes
Gram-Negative Rods
Gram-Positive Cocci
Must administer with cilastatin
Cilastatin is inhibitor of renal dehydropeptidase I
Side Effects
Diarrhea
Skin rash
Seizures
Considerations
Meropenem
Stable to dehydropeptidase I
Reduced risk of seizures (Non seizure causing)
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Aztreonam
Monobactam
Resistant to beta lactamases
Binds to penicillin binding protein (PBP)
Inhibit cell wall synthesis
No Activity on Gram-Positives or Anaerobes
Gram-Negative Rods
Non allergenic to penicillin
Synergistic with aminoglycosides
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Vancomycin Mechanism
Bacteriostatic and Bactericidal
Gram-Positive
Inhibits Cell Wall Mucopeptide
Binds to D-ala D-ala
Resistance with change to D-ala D-lac
Staphylococcus aureus
Orally for Clostridium difficile
Enterococci
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Vancomycin Side Effects & Toxicity
Side Effects
Thrombophlebitis
Nephrotoxicity
Ototoxicity
Diffuse Flushing Called Red Man Syndrome
Prevent with Antihistamine
Prevent with Slow Infusion
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