Tag Archives: Azithromycin

Relative mortality risk from antibiotic use compared

Much time is spent discussing the development of antimicrobial resistance and changes to the microbiome but perhaps should we should also focus on the potential for patient mortality.  Based on best current estimates, trimethoprim, macrolides and quinolones may be less safe than chloramphenicol in certain patient populations. A future posting will provide a practical approach to the […]

Appropriate use of azithromycin

Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic with broad-spectrum bacteriostatic activity against many Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It also has activity against Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Treponema pallidum, Chlamydia sp. and Mycobacterium avium complex. In addition azithromycin has immunomodulating effects and is used in chronic respiratory inflammatory diseases, including cystic fibrosis, as an anti-inflammatory.