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Drugs

You may have noticed that drugs used (in the General screen) for treating our Mongolian disease included Gentamicin and Streptomycin. Lets learn a bit about the use of these antibiotics. Access the Infectious Diseases module and choose Drugs. How many antimicrobial (including antiparasitic, antiviral and antifungal) drugs are currently available? Now scroll down to Gentamicin.

What is the antimicrobial action of this drug; its typical dosage and pharmacological parameters? … toxicities and interactions with other drugs? … spectrum? What are its various proprietary names? Susceptibility testing standards?  Simply press the relevant tab, as depicted below:

By the way, if you are trying to find the generic equivalent for a drug trade name, simply press ‘Trade name‘ tab above the box. The current listing contains over 25,000 proprietary names from around the world.

You can also see published Warnings and the Spectrum for the selected drug by choosing the appropriate tab.

Additional options help you explore drugs further. What antimicrobial agents are known to exacerbate porphyria? Which interact with Sildenafil? What individual drugs might be effective for a patient found to be concurrently infected by Trichostrongylus, Capillaria and Gnathostoma? To answer this last question, press Susceptibility, ‘check off’ the helminths in question, and click on Search >. As the resulting screen indicates, either of two drugs might be useful in such a patient:

Drug Susceptibility

Similarly, you can access a list of all drugs used for a single indication (ie, Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and then explore the various features of each.

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