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Neurotoxic effects associated with antibiotic use: management considerations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21501212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The clinical manifestations of antibiotic-induced neurotoxic effects, the underlying mechanisms and management strategies have been reviewed. PubMed and OVID searches (January 1960-June 2010) were conducted using search terms such as antibiotics, side effects, neurotoxicity and encephalopathy which yielded approximately 300 articles. All relevant case reports, case series, letters and retrospective reviews describing neurotoxic effects and those discussing mechanisms of neurotoxicity were included. Antibiotic-induced neurotoxic side effects can have a myriad of neurologic presentations. Patients with prior central nervous system (CNS) disease, renal insufficiency and advanced age may be particularly vulnerable. Treatment consists of discontinuation of the offending agent, use of antiepileptic drugs in the case of seizures or status epilepticus and haemodialysis in certain cases. The risk of CNS toxicity may be reduced via dosage adjustments in high risk populations. Awareness of the potential neurotoxic clinical manifestations of various antibiotics and high degree of vigilance in critically ill patients is essential in identifying a potentially serious, though reversible complications of antibiotic therapy particularly with the advent of newer antimicrobial agents.
Marie F Grill; Rama K Maganti
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of clinical pharmacology     Volume:  72     ISSN:  1365-2125     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Clin Pharmacol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-09     Completed Date:  2011-10-13     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503323     Medline TA:  Br J Clin Pharmacol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  381-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2011 The Authors. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2011 The British Pharmacological Society.
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, 4M62, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects*
Central Nervous System / drug effects
Neurotoxicity Syndromes / etiology*,  therapy
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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