Here is an easy , although imperfect , way to learn many of them .
Almost all cephalosporins have the sound cef in their names , but the first generation cephalosporins are the only ones with a PH. To know the first generation cephalosporins , you must get a PH.D. in PHarmacology .
- Cephapirin ( Exceptions : cefazolin , cefadroxil )
Cefazolin is an important first generation drug that does not have a PH . Do not let this faze you!
Second-Generation cephalosporins have fam , fa , fur , fox , or tea in their names . After you get your PH.D. , you would want to gather your family to celebrate ! The FAMily is gathered , some wearing FUR coats and your FOXy cousin is drinking TEA in a toast to your achievement .
- Cefuroxime ( Exceptions : cefmetazole , cefonicid , cefprozil , loracarbef )
- Cefotetan ( pronounced ce-fo-tea-tan )
TRI for third ( you know triglycerides , etc ) . Most of the third-Generation cephalosporins have a T ( for tri ) in their names .
- Ceftazidime ( Exceptions : cefixime , cefoperazone , cefpodoxin , cefetamet )
Note that cefotetan ( tea ) is a second-generation drug .
- There is only one : cefepime And it is the only cephalosporin with a fep in its name . ( Cefpirome is an investigational agent that will also belong in this class . )
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