Tetracyclines are active in vitro against most urinary tract pathogens, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Brucella, rickettsiae, and Nocardia. Chloramphenicol is used primarily for anaerobic infections, Haemophilus influenzae meningitis, and infections due to Salmonella typhi. Erythromycin is active in vitro against M. pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and group A beta-hemolytic streptococci. Erythromycin may be used as prophylactic therapy for subacute bacterial endocarditis and for recurrence of acute rheumatic fever in patients who are allergic to penicillin. Clindamycin should be used only for the treatment of anaerobic infections. Tetracycline may cause gastrointestinal upset; phototoxic dermatitis; hepatitis, especially in pregnant females; discoloration of teeth and bone dysplasia in the human fetus and children; and suprainfections, especially oral and anogenital candidiasis. Tetracycline should be used with caution in patients with renal insufficiency. The most important toxic effect of chloramphenicol is bone marrow suppression, which is dose related and idiosyncratic. The incidence of undesirable side effects associated with the use of erythromycin is low. Gastrointestinal irritation is the most common; cholestatic hepatitis may occur with erythromycin estolate. Pseudomembranous colitis is the most important toxic effect associated with clindamycin.
Antibiotics concentrations in middle ear fluid (MEF), saliva and tears were measured in children with persistent middle ear effusions undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. In 31 children given cefaclor, specimens of serum, saliva and MEF were collected at 0.5, 1, 2, 3 or 5 h after a dose. Another group of 37 children were randomized to receive a single dose of penicillin V, amoxicillin, ampicillin, erythromycin estolate, erythromycin ethylsuccinate, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or cefaclor. Concentrations of antibiotics in saliva and tears bore no consistent relationship to those in MEF. Mean concentrations of all drugs in MEF were several-fold greater than the usual minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of pneumococci, but only with trimethoprim and cefaclor were they greater than in usual MIC's for Haemophilus influenzae. Concentrations of antibiotics in MEF in persistent effusions were comparable to those previously reported in acute purulent effusions.
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A noncompliance rate of >30% is unsatisfactory. Whereas some variables significantly associated with compliance cannot be influenced (patient age; place of residence in town or city), others are amenable to modifications. These include the physician-patient interaction and the choice of antibiotic. Agents should be preferred that are well-accepted by patients, that enable short-term therapy with few daily doses and with a package that contains a dose-taking reminder.
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The effects of administration of macrolide antibiotics on cytochrome P-450 in liver microsomes of male rats were investigated. The macrolides tested were those with a 14-membered ring such as oleandomycin, troleandomycin, erythromycin and erythromycin estolate, and those with a 16-membered ring such as rokitamycin, leucomycin and josamycin. Cytochrome P-450-metabolite complex was detected with oleandomycin, troleandomycin, erythromycin and erythromycin estolate, whereas no such effect was observed with rokitamycin, leucomycin and josamycin. The content of uncomplexed cytochrome P-450 in liver microsomes remained unchanged with rokitamycin, leucomycin and josamycin, decreased with troleandomycin and oleandomycin, and increased with erythromycin and erythromycin estolate, indicating that oleandomycin, troleandomycin, erythromycin and erythromycin estolate also affect the amounts of other forms of cytochrome P-450. The administration of oleandomycin, troleandomycin, erythromycin and erythromycin estolate resulted in a dramatic decrease in the activities of testosterone 2 alpha- and 16 alpha-hydroxylases in liver microsomes. Supporting these results, a marked decrease (more than 75%) in the content of P-450-male, a major constitutive form of cytochrome P-450 in male rats, was noted with oleandomycin, troleandomycin, erythromycin and erythromycin estolate, while the decrease was rather small with rokitamycin and leucomycin. We conclude that the administration of the 14-membered ring macrolides may affect drug and steroid metabolism not only by formation of P-450-metabolite complex but also by decrease in the content of P-450-male.
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Although antibiotics were effective in eliminating B. pertussis, they did not alter the subsequent clinical course of the illness. There is insufficient evidence to determine the benefit of prophylactic treatment of pertussis contacts.
Children who were 6 months to 16 years of age and had cough illness that was suspected to be or was culture confirmed as pertussis were randomized to azithromycin (10 mg/kg on day 1 and 5 mg/kg on days 2-5 as a single dose) or erythromycin estolate (40 mg/kg/day in 3 divided doses for 10 days) with stratification by center. The primary outcome measure was bacteriologic cure of infection as determined by cultures of nasopharyngeal aspirates. Culture-positive participants had a second aspirate collected at the end of therapy (days 5-7 for azithromycin, days 10-12 for erythromycin) and 1 week after therapy. Bacteriologic cure was defined as negative cultures at the end of therapy. Bacteriologic relapse was defined as a positive culture 1 week after completion of therapy and after a negative end-of-therapy culture. Secondary outcomes were pertussis diagnosed by serology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), treatment-associated adverse events, compliance, and presence of clinical symptoms at the end of the treatment course. Serology was performed using standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay methods. A participant was considered to have pertussis when the PCR was positive or a 4-fold increase in pertussis toxin antibody between baseline and follow-up visits was observed. PCR was performed using a 1046-bp ClaI DNA fragment from B pertussis. Adverse events (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, any gastrointestinal complaint, or other) were determined by a parent-completed diary that was reviewed with study personnel during study visits. Compliance was measured by review of the parent medication diary during study visits and observation of medication containers by the pharmacist at study completion. Symptoms were determined by history collected by study personnel at enrollment and subsequently from the diary. The design of the study was an equivalence trial, aimed at demonstrating that the bacteriologic failure rates with the 2 therapies did not differ by >8%. For the safety analysis, all participants who received at least 1 dose of study drug were included. In the per-protocol efficacy analysis, all culture-positive participants with end-of-treatment cultures were considered.
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To study the benefits and risks of antibiotic treatment of and contact prophylaxis against whooping cough.
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Although erythromycin estolate has been fully assessed for pertussis treatment, the evaluation of erythromycin ethylsuccinate and stearate, the main erythromycin preparations used in Japan and the US, is inadequate. We evaluated these preparations to establish an appropriate treatment for pertussis according to age. Sixty-six patients with culture-confirmed pertussis were treated with erythromycin administered at a dosage of 40-50 mg/kg/day (maximum, 1.2 g/day). Negative culture was obtained in 39% (15/38) of patients aged 0-2 years within one week and in 71% (27/38) within two weeks, in 78% (7/9) of those aged 3-15 years within one week and in 100% (9/9) within two weeks. All 12 adult patients had a negative culture within one week. The efficacy of erythromycin for the eradication of B. pertussis was significantly lower in children aged 0-2 years than in older children. In conclusion, it is desirable to administer erythromycin for three weeks to children aged 0-2 years, two weeks to those aged 3-15 years and one week to adults.
To assess whether antibiotic treatment of pregnant women with heavy vaginal ureaplasma colonisation reduces the incidence of preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.
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The effects of erythromycin estolate, a well known hepatotoxic macrolide antibiotic, on isolated rat hepatocyte viability and on subcellular Ca2+ transport have been investigated. Erythromycin estolate (0.5 mM), but not erythromycin base and erythromycin ethylsuccinate, induced 100% cell death after 60 min incubation, and caused maximal inhibition of mitochondrial and microsomal Ca2+ sequestration activities at 0.1 mM concentration. Sodium lauryl sulphate, which is the surfactant moiety of the erythromycin estolate molecule, caused effects similar to those exhibited by erythromycin estolate. Disorders of the intracellular calcium homeostasis seem to play a role in the lauryl sulphate-mediated hepatotoxic action of erythromycin estolate.
Previous work showed a higher prevalence of macrolide/azalide resistance in provinces of Canada where azithromycin was the major treatment for Streptococcus pneumoniae as compared with regions where clarithromycin was the dominant treatment. These data provided a way to test the mutant selection window hypothesis, which predicts that the serum drug concentration (AUC(24)) relative to the mutant prevention concentration (MPC) would be higher for clarithromycin than for azithromycin.
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Maximum peak concentration of erythromycin A after administration of erythromycin phosphate was significantly greater than after administration of erythromycin estolate (2.9 +/- 1.1 microg/ml vs 1.0 +/- 0.82 microg/ml). Time to maximum concentration was shorter after administration of erythromycin phosphate than after erythromycin estolate (0.71 +/- 0.29 hours vs 1.7 +/- 1.2 hours). Concentrations of anhydroerythromycin A were significantly less 1 and 3 hours after administration of erythromycin estolate than after administration of erythromycin phosphate.
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Penicillin V, benzathine/procaine penicillin G, cefadroxil monohydrate, and erythromycin estolate were randomly assigned for therapy of group A streptococcal pharyngitis in 198 children. All patients improved with in 24 hours of initiating therapy. Reinfection with a new group A streptococcal serotype occurred in 13 patients, 12 developing 7 to 12 days after stopping therapy and 11 becoming symptomatic. Relapse with the same organism occurred in 16 patients, only 5 (31%) of whom were symptomatic. Antibody titer rises, antibiotic resistance of group A organisms, presence of penicillinase-producing staphylococci, and lack of compliance were not related to recurrent infections. There were no significant differences between the failure rates of the four test drugs: penicillin V, 12%; benzathine/procaine penicillin G, 12%; cefadroxil monohydrate, 5%; and erythromycin, 2%.
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The tetracyclines are active in vitro against many urinary tract pathogens such as Chlamydia, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Brucella, rickettsiae, and Nocardia. Chloramphenicol is used primarily for anaerobic infections, Haemophilus influenzae meningitis, and infections due to Salmonella typhi. Erythromycin is active in vitro against M. pneumoniae, Legionella spp., Streptococcus pneumoniae, and group A beta-hemolytic streptococci; it may also be used as prophylactic therapy for subacute bacterial endocarditis and for recurrence of acute rheumatic fever in patients who are allergic to penicillin. Clindamycin should be used primarily for the treatment of anaerobic infections. The tetracyclines may cause gastrointestinal upset; phototoxic dermatitis; hepatitis, especially in pregnant women; discoloration of the teeth and bone dysplasia in the human fetus and in children; and superinfections, especially oral and anogenital candidiasis. The tetracyclines should be used with caution in patients with renal insufficiency. The most important toxic effect of chloramphenicol is bone marrow suppression, which is dose related or idiosyncratic. The incidence of undesirable side effects associated with the use of erythromycin is low; gastrointestinal irritation is the most common, and cholestatic hepatitis may occur with the use of erythromycin estolate. Pseudomembranous colitis is the most important toxic effect associated with the use of clindamycin.
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At 12 months of use, the failure rate of the sterilization procedure for the crushed 500 mg tablets was 35.8% (SE = 1.8) with 417 women at risk. At 12 months of use, the failure rate for the erythromycin pellets was 28.6% (SE = 5.0) with 43 women at risk. There were no serious complications reported in either trial. All pregnancies resulting from failure of the sterilization procedure were terminated by menstrual regulation within 10 weeks gestation.
Erythromycin is frequently prescribed in Germany for acute otitis media, but well-designed clinical trials under present epidemiological conditions are lacking. Therefore, a double-blind, randomized, multicenter trial was performed to compare the clinical efficacy and safety of erythromycin estolate versus amoxicillin in children with acute otitis media and to identify the risk factors associated with clinical failure. Investigators from 19 centers throughout Germany recruited 302 children with clinical, otoscopic, and tympanometric evidence of acute otitis media. In a double-blind fashion, patients were allocated randomly to a 10-day course of erythromycin estolate at 40 mg/kg/day in two divided doses or amoxicillin at 50 mg/kg/day in two divided doses. Clinical examinations, otoscopy, and tympanometry were performed at baseline, day 3-5, day 9-11, and at 5 weeks. Clinical outcome was assessed on day 9-11. Two-hundred eighty children were evaluable for efficacy (erythromycin group, 141; amoxicillin group, 139). Both groups were comparable with respect to demographic data and severity of disease at entry. Treatment was successful in 94% of the erythromycin-treated patients and in 96% of the amoxicillin-treated patients. Clinical outcome was statistically equivalent between groups within a range of 7 percentage points. Clinical recurrence was seen in eight erythromycin-treated children (5.7%) and in seven amoxicillin-treated children (5.0%) (P=0.81). Patients with bilateral disease at entry were at higher risk of unfavourable outcome, whereas age and presence/absence of otorrhea at entry were not associated with outcome. Treatment-related adverse events were recorded in eight (5.3%) of 151 erythromycin-treated patients and in 11 (7.3%) of 151 amoxicillin-treated patients. In this study in an outpatient setting in Germany, erythromycin estolate was as safe and effective as amoxicillin in the treatment of acute otitis media. Both drugs can be administered in a convenient twice-daily dosage schedule.
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Ambulatory patients with pneumonia were identified at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, TX. Children age 6 months to 16 years with radiographic and clinical evidence of pneumonia were enrolled and randomized to receive either azithromycin suspension for 5 days or a 10-day course of amoxicillin-clavulanate for those <5 years or erythromycin estolate suspension for those > or = 5 years. Blood culture was obtained in all patients and we obtained nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal swabs for culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Chlamydia pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae and nasopharyngeal swabs for viral direct fluorescent antibody and culture. Acute and convalescent serum specimens were tested for antibodies to C. pneumoniae, M. pneumoniae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Patients were evaluated 10 to 37 days later when repeat specimens for serology, PCR and culture were obtained. For comparative purposes healthy children attending the well-child clinic had nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal swabs obtained for PCR and culture for C. pneumoniae and M. pneumoniae.
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Cefadroxil monohydrate, an oral cephalosporin with a long half-life, was compared to erythromycin estolate for efficacy in treating upper respiratory tract infections in children. The study was carried out on forty patients, twenty receiving cefadroxil and twenty receiving erythromycin. Each drug was dosed at 50 mg/kg/day and was given every 12 hours in two equally divided doses. The complete cure rate was 95% for the cefadroxil group and 80% for the erythromycin group. Two patients originally in the erythromycin test group showed no improvement either bacteriologically or clinically after 3 days of treatment. It was found that these patients harboured S. aureus which had become resistant to erythromycin during the course of therapy. Both patients were shifted to cefadroxil treatment and achieved complete cures. Two patients in the erythromycin group and one in the cefadroxil group were diagnosed as having scarlet fever. All three responded clinically, yet cultures from the two treated with erythromycin showed persistence of bacteria while the one treated with cefadroxil proved to be cured both clinically and bacteriologically.
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The effects of some macrolides (4 mmoles . kg-1 p.o. daily for 4 days in vivo; 0.3 mM in vitro) on hepatic drug-metabolizing enzymes in rats were compared. One group of macrolides including previously studied compounds (oleandomycin, erythromycin and troleandomycin), as well as several other erythromycin derivatives, showed induction of microsomal enzymes and formation of inactive cytochrome P-450-metabolite complexes in vivo; this formation increased in the order: oleandomycin, erythromycin ethylsuccinate, erythromycin stearate, erythromycin itself, erythromycin propionate, erythromycin estolate and troleandomycin. Troleandomycin and, to a lesser extent, erythromycin and oleandomycin formed cytochrome P-450-metabolite complexes when incubated in vitro with 1 mM NADPH and microsomes from rats pretreated with troleandomycin or phenobarbital, but not with microsomes from control rats or rats treated with 3-methylcholanthrene. In contrast, two other macrolides, josamycin and midecamycin, showed no induction of microsomal enzymes and no detectable formation of cytochrome P-450-metabolite complexes in vivo. In vitro, these macrolides failed to form detectable complexes even with microsomes from rats pretreated with troleandomycin or phenobarbital. Hexobarbital sleeping time was unaffected by preadministration of josamycin or midecamycin (4 mmoles . kg-1 p.o.) 2 hr earlier; the in vitro activity of hexobarbital hydroxylase was not inhibited by 0.3 mM josamycin or midecamycin. We conclude that, unlike several erythromycin derivatives, josamycin and midecamycin do not form inactive cytochrome P-450-metabolite complexes in rats.
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The elevated prevalence of azithromycin resistance may derive in part from a low value of AUC(24)/MPC(90) and/or time above MPC, since previous work indicates that the number of prescriptions per person was similar in the geographical regions examined.
All randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials of antibiotics for treatment of and contact prophylaxis against whooping cough were included in the systematic review.
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During a 24-month period, throat-swab cultures were obtained on 1,362 well children who were 3 months to 14 years of age. The overall incidence of positive cultures for group-A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus was 3.3%; in those children older than 1 year, it was 4.4%. The largest incidence of positive cultures occurred in the 5- to 7-year-old (8.3%) and 8- to 10-year-old (4.5%) age groups. No positive cultures were obtained from 339 infants younger than 1 year of age. There was no relation between positive cultures and the month of the year. There were no significant differences between the age, sex, presence of tonsils, previous group-A streptococcal infections, or the presence in a daycare center or school of children with positive cultures compared with those children with negative cultures. Follow-ups were obtained on 29 of 45 children with positive throat cultures; all of the children were asymptomatic and had normal results of physical examinations. Group-A streptococci of the same serotype as the original isolate were isolated from 19 of these children. Three to four days after a ten-day course of erythromycin estolate, five of 19 children again had positive cultures. Twenty-six of the 29 children had a total of 43 siblings residing in the home. Serotypically identical group-A streptococci were isolated from five siblings (11%). Only one of 29 patients from whom paired serum samples were obtained showed a fourfold rise or fall in the Streptozyme titers.
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To determine if it is appropriate to recommend that patients with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis, who are clinically well by the morning after starting antibiotic treatment, can return to school or day care, or if they should wait until they have completed 24 hours of antibiotics as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases.
The absorption, excretion, and metabolism of [1-14C]lauryl sulfate as either the sodium or propionyl erythromycin salt has been studied in the rat and man. In the rat 88% of the radiolabel from propionyl erythromycin [1-14C]lauryl sulfate was excreted in the urine in the 24-hr period following a single oral dose. More than 95% of the radiolabel was excreted as the metabolite butyric acid 4-sulfate. This metabolite was shown to be derived from carbons 1-4 of the lauryl sulfate moiety. There was no evidence of sulfate cleavage in the rat. In man 51-59% of the administered ratioactivity was recovered in the urine. The major excretion product was butyric acid 4-sulfate accounting for approximately 95% of urinary radioactivity. The remainder was unchanged lauryl sulfate. A significant portion of the radiolabeled propionyl erythromycin lauryl sulfate was converted to 14CO2 indicating that the sulfate linkage was cleaved. A minimum value of 9-16% of the dose was metabolized in this manner.
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A study was performed to determine if the pharmacokinetics of bromocriptine is altered by factors that have been shown to interact with other ergot compounds. The effects on bromocriptine plasma concentrations by bromocriptine coadministration with caffeine and erythromycin were evaluated in five male volunteers. Serial blood samples were obtained during a 12-hour period after a single 5 mg oral dose of bromocriptine (alone and after 4-day treatments of either erythromycin estolate, 250 mg four times/day, or caffeine, 200 mg four times/day). There were no significant alterations of bromocriptine pharmacokinetic parameters after caffeine, although statistical power was very low. With the use of erythromycin, the bromocriptine area under the concentration-time curve standardized to body weight increased significantly by 268%, whereas peak bromocriptine plasma concentration (Cmax) increased to 4.6 times the Cmax from bromocriptine alone. Time to achieve Cmax was not altered by erythromycin. We conclude that erythromycin can markedly increase the systemic bioavailability of bromocriptine, which can lead to increased therapeutic or adverse effects, whereas the effects of caffeine require further study.
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A combined cholestatic and hepatocellular injury occurred in nine patients, following therapy with erythromycin estolate (EE) or other erythromycin derivatives. Eight of the nine patients developed jaundice within three weeks after initiation of treatment; pain was one of the main symptoms in five patients while fever and itching were noted in four patients. Symptoms and signs subsided and abnormal tests of liver function returned to normal after withdrawal of the drug. The major histologic finding was cholestasis, but the majority of cases also had evidence of hepatocellular injury of variable severity; one biopsy specimen showed centrilobular necrosis. Ultrastructural findings in one case included changes related to cholestasis as well as hepatocellular injury with striking mitochondrial abnormalities. Our data are compared with those of the literature, with special reference to morphologic features.
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This paper reports a one-month-old female with a one-week history of low grade fever and rhinorrhea, and one day of intermittent cough and cyanosis. The signs and symptoms are typical for pertussis in an infant less than six months old. The incidence of pertussis in the neonate and infant appears to be increasing. The disease still carries significant morbidity and mortality, especially in this age group. Pertussis should be included in the differential diagnosis of protracted cough with cyanosis or vomiting, persistent rhinorrhea, and marked lymphocytosis in children under six months of age.
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The possibility that endotoxin pretreatment could prevent the hepatotoxic effects of erythromycin estolate (EE) was investigated using the isolated perfused rat liver. The addition of E. coli endotoxin (25 micrograms/ml) to the perfusate, 30 min prior to EE administration at 150 or 200 microM, significantly ameliorated the decreases in bile and perfusate flow caused by either concentrations of the drug in control liver preparations. This phenomenon was also studied using liver isolated from rats pretreated in vivo with endotoxin for three days. In these preparations, EE at both concentrations did not alter bile flow and caused reductions of perfusate flow which were far less than those observed in untreated control livers. Furthermore, in livers from endotoxin-treated rats EE induced less reduction of bile acid excretion and, at 150 microM, it did not increase the bile to perfusate ratio of sucrose seen in control preparations after the drug, which may be an expression of altered hepatocytic membrane permeability. Since it is known that both endotoxin and EE interact with membranes, it is suggested that the "protective" effects of endotoxin may occur at the membrane level.