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Definition of Azithromycin

Azithromycin Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
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a macrolide antibiotic used to treat Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) disease, chlamydiasis and urinary tract infections.
Azithromycin Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Azithromycin (trade names Zithromax, Azyth, Sumamed) is an antibiotic useful for the treatment of bacterial infections. It is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotic. It is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making the lactone ring 15-membered. Azithromycin is somewhat more potent against certain bacterial species than erythromycin, but its widespread popularity arises primarily from its slow elimination from the body, which allows many infections to be treated with 3-5 days of once-daily administration, compared to 3-4 times a day for up to two weeks for erythromycin.

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