Which medications in the drug class Antibiotic, Penicillin are used in the treatment of Diphtheria?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Antibiotic, Penicillin

Penicillin may be used for treatment, prophylaxis, and eradication of diphtheria in carriers. However, resistant strains and transmission from penicillin-treated carriers has been reported.

Penicillin G benzathine (Bicillin L-A, Permapen)

Interferes with synthesis of cell wall mucopeptides during active multiplication, which results in bactericidal activity. Effective treatment for systemic diphtheria.


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