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What is extended or broad spectrum antibiotic? Any risks?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Strong/long action

These are anti-bacterial agents with a spectrum of efficacy broader or longer than the more commonly applied antibiotics.
They are given for unusual organisms or in acute situations in which the sensitivity of the organism causing the infection is not known. They are usually more expensive; all antibiotics carry a risk of allergic reaction, poor coverage, and antibiotic resistance development.

In brief: Strong/long action

These are anti-bacterial agents with a spectrum of efficacy broader or longer than the more commonly applied antibiotics.
They are given for unusual organisms or in acute situations in which the sensitivity of the organism causing the infection is not known. They are usually more expensive; all antibiotics carry a risk of allergic reaction, poor coverage, and antibiotic resistance development.
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