Side Effects Of Pneumonia

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Antibiotic and Antiviral Drug Classes


Beta-Lactams

Beta-lactam antibiotics share common chemical features. They include penicillins, cephalosporins, and some newer similar medications. They interfere with bacterial cell walls.

Penicillins. Penicillin was the first antibiotic. There are many forms of this still-important drug:

  • Natural penicillins include penicillin G (for intravenous use) and V (for oral use).
  • Penicillin derivatives called aminopenicillins, particularly amoxicillin (Amoxil, Polymox,...
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