BACTERICIDAL and BACTERIOSTATIC ANTIBIOTICS MNEMONICS

Bacteriostatic antibiotics prevent the growth of bacteria (i.e., it keeps them in the stationary phase of growth), while bactericidal antibiotics kill bacteria. The classification of bacteriostatic and bactericidal antibiotics is frequently asked in USMLE, PLAB, NEXT and other medical exams.

Remember the bactericidal antibiotics with the mnemonic BANG Q RIP.


Bactericidal antibiotics: remember “BANG Q R.I.P.”
Beta-lactams
Aminoglicosides
Nitroimidazoles (metronidazole)
Glycopeptides (vancomycin)
Quinolones
Rifampicin
Polymyxins (colistin)

Remember bacteriostatic antibiotics using the mnemonic Ms. COLT.


Bacteriostatic antibiotics: remember of “Ms. Colt”
Macrolides
Sulfonamides
Chloramphenicol
Oxazolidinones
Lincosamides (clindamycin)
Tetracyclines

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