Antibiotics no doubt do a lot of wonders to the body, and that does not exclude the carbapenem group. Carbapenem antibiotics are classified under the beta-lactam family of antibiotics. They can cover for various phases of antibacterial activity, but what sets them apart from the other antibiotics in the market is that are resistant to most beta-lactamases. In other words, if a person is already monitored and observed to be someone who is already anti-biotic resistant, that person can still take carbapenem to help them out.
Most of the antibiotics in the family of Carbapenem were derived from thienamycin, a certain antibiotic that is proven to be very effective in combating various infections, diseases, and the like. Aside from that, antibiotics coming from the thienamycin family have good activities against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in the body. Thienamycin has long roots in history, but one thing is for certain it has proven its efficacy in terms of providing patients with the relief that they deserve most.
Uses of Carbapenems
Just like any other antibiotics in the market, Carbapenems are used to treat infection like those of the Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. So for all types of infections out there, you will most probably be prescribed by your physician with some form of Carbapenems.
However, just recently there have been alarms and issues related to Carbapenem resistance. This is because of the development of an enzyme referred to as NDM-1. The NDM-1 otherwise known as the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1, is the latest antibiotic resistance case that scientists have recently discovered. What happens when you have antibiotic resistance is that doctors will find it difficult to treat your disease because almost all of the antibiotic forms out there will no longer work for you. The NDM-1 is known also as “superbug.” Once antibiotic resistance further develops, this can be a nightmare scenario for many physicians and patients out there.
Aside from that, Carbapenem antibiotics have the broadest spectrum for antibacterial uses compared to the cephalosporins and even penicillins. They can prevent the following in terms of infections: gram-positive, gram-negative, and anerobes bacteria. Aside from that, you can also take carbapenems to prevent LD-transpeptidasses.
How antibiotic resistance develops?
Antibiotics are not meant to be taken by self-medicating. Although most forms of antibiotics are made to cure you from infections, it does not mean that you can take them whenever you feel like it. This is the reason why Carbapenem resistance surfaced in United States. Patients need to consider the antibiotic first and how to properly use it. As a matter of fact, antibiotics should be given on time and on the right date. If they are misused or the patient is not well-versed about the proper dosage, he/she can develop antibiotic resistance and once this happens, it can be very difficult for his/her future infections to be treated since that patient already is resistant to most antibiotic forms.
So if you have any plans of going to antibiotic treatment, make sure that it is supervised by a physician.