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2-17 CLINICAL ICON.jpgClinical Implications: Bacteriostatic Vs. Bactericidal Antibacterials

Onset of action for bacteriostatic agents  is generally slower than that of bactericidal agents.
In addition, bacteriostatic drugs require a working immune system for effective elimination of the microorganism by the infected host. Bacteriostaic antibiotics are therefore not advisable
for use in animals with immunosuppressed or immunocompromised conditions and those suffering from life-threatening acute infections.