Cephalosporins Adverse Effects Mnemonics (Funny & Easy)

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The Cephalosporins are a class of β-lactam antibiotics indicated for the prophylaxis and treatment of bacterial infections. They are bactericidal and cause the death of the bacteria by disrupting the synthesis of “peptidoglycan” thus interrupting the formation of the bacterial cell wall. In this article, we’ll share with you Cephalosporins Adverse Effects Mnemonics. But before that, let’s take a look at a few important things. 🙂


Cephalosporins Spectrum

The first generation of cephalosporins is active against gram-positive bacteria while rest of the generations show greater activity against gram-negative bacteria.

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Cephalosporin Generations

1st Generation 2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generation
Cephalexin
Cephalothin
Cephradine
Cefazolin
Cefadroxil
Cefotetan
Cefoxitin
Cefuroxime
Cefaclor
Cefprozil
Cefixime
Cefotaxime
Ceftazidime
Ceftriaxone
Cefoperazone
Ceftibuten
Cefepime




Cephalosporins Adverse Effects

Below are the adverse effects of Cephalosporins:

  1. Nephrotoxicity
  2. Hypersensitivity
  3. Aplastic Anemia
  4. Necrolysis
  5. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  6. Disulfiram like reaction
  7. Thrombophlebitis
  8. Allergic Manifestations
  9. Super Infections

Cephalosporins Adverse Effects Mnemonics




Here are the Cephalosporins adverse effects mnemonics. We hope these mnemonics for cephalosporins adverse effects will make it easy for you to recall them during the exam:

Cephalosporins Adverse Effects Mnemonics

Cephalosporins are “BAD-S” (ass).



B= Bleeding due to anti vitamin-K activity
A= Allergic Manifestations
D= Disulfiram-like effect
S= Serum Sickness

We hope that this mnemonic will make it easy for you to remember the important adverse effects of the cephalosporins. 🙂

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