Adverse events associated with the use of oral cephalosporins/cephems

Isaac F. Mitropoulos, John C. Rotschafer, Keith A. Rodvold

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Historically, oral cephalosporins represent one of the most widely used and safest classes of antimicrobials available. Typical adverse events have included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and hypersensitivity reactions. Other more serious events such as pseudomembranous colitis, although infrequent, may occur. The exact type and incidence of adverse events varies depending on the cephalosporin being administered. Differences in adverse event profiles may also vary by age of the patient. Reactions are usually not severe and often do not require termination of therapy. The purpose of this review is to present to healthcare providers the historical safety profile of the most commonly used oral cephalosporins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S67-S76
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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  • Adverse events
  • Oral cephalosporins

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