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Quinupristin and Dalfopristin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Last full review/revision Jul 2020| Content last modified Jul 2020
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Quinupristin and dalfopristin belong to a class of antibiotics Overview of Antibiotics Antibiotics are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They are ineffective against viral infections and most other infections. Antibiotics either kill microorganisms or stop them from reproducing... read more called streptogramins. These drugs are given together as a combination (quinupristin/dalfopristin). They are used to treat serious infections (especially skin infections), including those caused by bacteria resistant to other antibiotics.

Quinupristin/dalfopristin works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins they need to grow and multiply.

Quinupristin/dalfopristin is given intravenously, usually through a tube (catheter) inserted into a large central vein, such as one in the neck. This is called a central catheter. Quinupristin/dalfopristin can also be given intravenously into a vein in the upper arm and threaded to a large central vein. This is called a peripherally inserted central catheter, or a PICC.

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