Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Roser Torra, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Empiric antimicrobial therapy must be comprehensive and should cover all likely pathogens in the context of the clinical setting.

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)

Ciprofloxacin inhibits bacterial DNA synthesis and, consequently, growth. It is a fluoroquinolone with activity against pseudomonads, streptococci, methicillin-resistant Staphylococus aureus (MRSA), S epidermidis, and most gram-negative organisms, but no activity against anaerobes. Levofloxacin (Levaquin) overcomes many of these limitations. Continue treatment for at least 2 d (7-14 d typical) after signs and symptoms have disappeared.

Levofloxacin (Levaquin)

Levofloxacin inhibits growth of susceptible organisms by inhibiting DNA gyrase and promoting breakage of DNA strands.

Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS)

This agent inhibits bacterial growth by inhibiting synthesis of dihydrofolic acid.

Clindamycin (Cleocin)

Clindamycin inhibits bacterial growth, possibly by blocking dissociation of peptidyl tRNA from ribosomes, causing RNA-dependent protein synthesis to arrest.


Chloramphenicol binds to 50S bacterial-ribosomal subunits and inhibits bacterial growth by inhibiting protein synthesis. It is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.

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