[Antibiotic therapy in the outpatient setting: update 2009]

Täuber, M G; Mühlemann, K (2009). [Antibiotic therapy in the outpatient setting: update 2009]. Praxis - schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin, 98(16), pp. 877-83. Bern: Huber

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Rational outpatient therapy restricts antibiotics to infections where they are beneficial and selects substances based on local resistance patterns. Respiratory tract infections typically caused by viruses should not be treated with antibiotics (e.g., rhinitis, bronchitis, sinusitis). Many respiratory infections likely caused by bacteria can be treated with aminopenicillin, sometimes combined with a beta-lactamase inhibitor. Quinolones should be used only as exception for respiratory tract infections, since resistance is rising. For this reason uncomplicated urinary tract infections (cystitis) should be treated with trimethoprim-sulfa-methoxazole (TMP-SMX) instead of quinolones, even though approximately 20% of Escherichia coli are resistant to TMP-SMX. Skin and soft tissue infections are best treated with beta-lactam antibiotics, as long as the community acquired methicillin-resistant strains of S. aureus frequently seen in certain countries remain uncommon here.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases

UniBE Contributor:

Täuber, Martin G. and Mühlemann, Kathrin








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04 Oct 2013 15:14

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:23

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/32433 (FactScience: 197639)

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