The following is a list of antibiotics. The highest division is mode of action of antibiotics pdf bactericidal antibiotics and bacteriostatic antibiotics.
Bactericidals kill bacteria directly, whereas bacteriostatics prevent them from dividing. However, these classifications are based on laboratory behavior.
In practice, both can effectively treat a bacterial infection. The following are lists of antibiotics for specific microbial coverage.
See also pathogenic bacteria for a list of antibiotics sorted by target bacteria. Infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella particularly Pseudomonas aeruginosa. All aminoglycosides are ineffective when taken orally as the stomach will digest the drug before it goes into the bloodstream. However aminoglycosides are effective in Intravenous, intramuscular and topical forms.