Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics, Miscellaneous are used in the treatment of Meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Antibiotics, Miscellaneous

Chloramphenicol inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by binding to the 50S ribosomal subunit.


Chloramphenicol is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. It can be used as a substitute in the treatment of a meningococcal infection in penicillin-allergic patients. Worldwide, however, meningococcal strains have shown increasing resistance to chloramphenicol, and patients with pneumococcal meningitis have poor outcomes with chloramphenicol.

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