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Erythromycin is available as the free base, ethylsuccinate, estolate, stearate, gluceptate, and lactobionate derivatives. When given orally erythromycin and its derivatives except the estolate are inactivated to some extent by the gastric acid and poor absorption may result.
The hepatotoxicity of a new erythromycin derivative, erythromycin acistrate (EA, 2'-acetyl erythromycin stearate), was compared with that of erythromycin stearate (ES), erythromycin estolate (EE) and erythromycin-11,12 cyclic carbonate (EC) in 4-5-day, 28-day and 6-month oral toxicity studies in rats and dogs. In the 4-day rat study, EC caused fatty metamorphosis in the liver. ES caused similar, but milder changes at a dose nearly five times higher. The 5-day dog study revealed markedly increased serum alanine aminotransferase (S-ALAT), serum aspartate aminotransferase (S-ASAT), serum alkaline phosphatase (S-APHOS) and serum gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (S-gamma-GT) values in the EC- and EE-groups, and slightly elevated S-ALAT values also in the EA- and ES-groups. Microscopy revealed cholangitis, pericholangitis and phlebitis in the portal areas in the EC-group at all doses. Epithelial hyperplasia was observed also in the bile ducts. EE caused similar but milder changes. The changes in the EA-group were small, but mildly atypical bile duct epithelium was seen in female dogs receiving 2 x 200 mg/kg of EA. The ES-group was practically without changes and very much like the EA-group. Thus the dog proved to be a more sensitive model for assessing the hepatotoxicity of erythromycin derivatives. In the 28-day studies, only EA and ES were investigated. In the rat study, slightly elevated serum enzyme levels within the normal range were measured in the high-dose regimens of both drugs. In the dog study, 300 mg/kg of EA caused slightly elevated S-ALAT in males, but the values returned to normal after a 2-week off-dose period. Only EA was studied in the 6-month study. In male rats, 400 mg/kg of EA caused slightly elevated enzyme levels and neutral fat droplets in centrilobular hepatocytes. In male dogs given 150 mg/kg of EA, S-ALAT, S-APHOS, and S-gamma-GT values were elevated after four weeks of treatment but returned to normal thereafter. No severe changes were seen in the liver histopathology. In conclusion, EC and EE were clearly hepatotoxic in dogs, and EC also in rats. EA, and to a somewhat lesser extent ES, showed signs of mild hepatotoxicity only at high doses. This evidently reversible effect was considered a common characteristic of erythromycins.
Preterm birth is a significant perinatal problem contributing to perinatal morbidity and mortality. Heavy vaginal ureaplasma colonisation is suspected of playing a role in preterm birth and preterm rupture of the membranes. Antibiotics are used to treat infections and have been used to treat pregnant women with preterm prelabour rupture of the membranes, resulting in some short-term improvements. However, the benefit of using antibiotics in early pregnancy to treat heavy vaginal colonisation is unclear.
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Ambulatory patients with CAP were identified at either the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Texas or the Hospital del Niño of Panama City, Panama. Children 6 months to 15 years of age were enrolled and randomized to receive either AZM for 5 days or a 10 day course of either A-C or EE, for those younger or older than 5 years of age, respectively. Mycoplasma pneumoniae and C. pneumoniae were identified by measuring acute and convalescent serum antibody titers and by performing nasopharyngeal (NP) and oropharyngeal (OP) swabs for culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
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We examined the vaginal washings from patients with nonspecific vaginitis (NSV) to seek biochemical markers and possible explanations for the signs and symptoms of this syndrome. Seven amines were identified including methylamine, isobutylamine, putrescine, cadaverine, histamine, tyramine, and phenethylamine. These amines may contribute to the symptoms of NSV and may contribute to the elevated pH of the vaginal discharge. They may also be partly responsible for the "fishy" odor that is characteristic of vaginal discharges from these patients. Among the seven amines, putrescine and cadaverine were the most abundant and were present in all vaginal discharges from each of ten patients before treatment. These amines are produced in vitro during growth of mixed vaginal bacteria in chemically defined medium, presumably by decarboxylation of the corresponding amino acids. We hypothesize the anaerobic vaginal organisms, previously shown to be quantitatively increased in NSV, are responsible for the amine production, because metronidazole inhibited the production of amines by vaginal bacteria in vitro, and Haemophilus vaginalis did not produce amines. H. vaginalis did release high concentrations of pyruvic acid and of amino acids during growth in peptone-starch-dextrose medium, whereas, other vaginal flora consumed both pyruvic acid and amino acids in the same medium during growth. These findings suggest that a symbiotic relationship may exist between H. vaginalis and other vaginal flora in patients with NSV.
The chemistry, bioavailability, and adverse effects of erythromycin base, stearate, estolate, and ethylsuccinate are reviewed. Criteria for the evaluation of erythromycin bioavailability studies include study design, patient population, meal composition and timing, and assay methodology. Based on these criteria, the bioavailability of individual erythromycin products are evaluated in this paper. Compared with other antibiotics, the erythromycins have a good safety record. However, both the estolate and ethylsuccinate forms of erythromycin may cause hepatotoxity. Considering bioavailability and adverse effect data, a specific brand of enteric-coated erythromycin base tablets is recommended for erythromycin-sensitive infections in adults. For pediatric patients, a liquid formulation of erythromycin estolate or erythromycin ethylsuccinate is recommended.
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Immunotoxicity of drugs represents an important problem for 10 to 12% of the overall population. There are 4 types immunotoxicological manifestations of drugs: immediate hypersensitivity, cytotoxic reactions, immune complexes reactions and delayed-type hypersensitivity. The most frequently concerned drugs are penicillins, cephalosporins, anesthetics (type I), erythromycin estolate, nitrofurantoin, sulfonamids, antitubercular agents (type II), quinidine, ticarcillin, valproate, pyramidon (type III) and finally for type IV, topical drugs (antihistaminic products, oestradiol, s.c. heparin).
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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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Topical antibiotics were used on patients with acne vulgaris. Corynebacterium acnes organisms from open comedones were quantitated during treatment, and the progress of the disease was evaluated. Clindamycin lotion completely suppressed the growth of C acnes organisms, whereas erythromycin and tetracycline did not depress the C acnes counts. Taken as a group, these antibiotics gave a substantial improvement of the disease on the treated side as compared with paired untreated sides of the face and back.
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Erythromycin acistrate is a new 2'-acetyl esther prodrug of erythromycin, whose structure resembles that of erythromycin estolate. However, in toxicological studies, it does not have the problems of hepatotoxicity. To assess its effects on hepatic functions in clinical practice, the liver parameters of patients with respiratory tract or skin infections were monitored during therapy. In total 1549 patients were treated for 7-14 days. In addition, 127 patients with suspected viral infections served as controls. There were no significant differences in serum aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), alanine aminotransferase (ALAT), gamma-glutamyltransferase (gamma-GT) or alkaline phosphatase (APHOS) values between the erythromycin acistrate or control groups at the beginning or end of therapy. ASAT values increased moderately in 2.4% and clearly in 0.3% of patients treated, but also decreased in 2.0%. ALAT values were moderately increased in 9.9%, clearly increased in 0.6% and normalized in 3.5% of the patients. gamma-GT values increased moderately in 3.5% and and clearly in 0.3%, but decreased to normal in 3.3% of the patients. APHOS was moderately elevated in 1.0% of the patients and normalized in 1.3%. The correlation of changes between the different liver enzymes was poor. Only ten patients (0.6%) had two or more clearly elevated liver enzyme values by the end of the therapy, of whom five had increased liver enzyme activities before the treatment, two had underlying disease explaining the changes and in only three patients out of 1549 (0.2%) could hepatic changes be attributed to erythromycin acistrate therapy. These changes were reversible. The results demonstrate the hepatic safety of erythromycin acistrate in clinical practice. Concomitant food intake did not affect the safety profile.
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In the field of gene expression analysis, DNA microarray technology is having a major impact on many different areas including toxicology. For instance, a number of studies have shown that transcription profiling can generate the information needed to assign a compound to a mode-of-action class. In this study, we investigated whether compounds inducing similar toxicological endpoints produce similar changes in gene expression. In vitro primary rat hepatocytes were exposed to 11 different hepatotoxicants: acetaminophen, amiodarone, clofibrate, erythromycin estolate, isoniazid, alpha-naphtylylisothiocyanate, beta-naphtoflavone, 4-pentenoic acid, phenobarbital, tetracycline, and zileuton. These molecules were selected on the basis of their variety of hepatocellular effects observed such as necrosis, cholestasis, steatosis, and induction of CYP P450 enzymes. We used a low-density DNA microarray containing 59 genes chosen as relevant toxic and metabolic markers. The in vitro gene expression data generated in this study were generally in good agreement with the literature, which mainly concerns in vivo data. Furthermore, gene expression profiles observed in this study have been confirmed for several genes by real-time PCR assays. All the tested drugs generated a specific gene expression profile. Our results show that even with a relatively limited gene set, gene expression profiling allows a certain degree of classification of compounds with similar hepatocellular toxicities such as cholestasis, necrosis. The clustering analysis revealed that the compounds known to cause steatosis were linked, suggesting that they functionally regulate similar genes and possibly act through the same mechanisms of action. On the other hand, the drugs inducing necrosis and cholestasis were pooled in the same cluster. The drugs arbitrarily classified as the CYP450 inducers formed individual clusters. In conclusion, this study suggests that low-density microarrays could be useful in toxicological studies.
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To determine the etiology of community-acquired pneumonia in ambulatory children and to compare responses to treatment with azithromycin, amoxicillin-clavulanate or erythromycin estolate.
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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At least one generic preparation of cephalexin, erythromycin ethylsuccinate/sulfisoxazole and penicillin V potassium was rated equal in taste to the respective brand name products. However, brand erythromycin estolate and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole name brand suspensions rated significantly higher than the other products tested.
Plasma concentrations of erythromycin A remained > 0.25 microg/ml (reported minimum inhibitory concentration for Rhodococcus equi) for at least 4 hours after intragastric administration of erythromycin phosphate or erythromycin estolate, suggesting that the recommended dosage for either formulation (25 mg/kg, q 6 h) should be adequate for treatment of R equi infections in foals.
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In a number of well-designed comparison studies since 1958, erythromycin has proved highly effective in the treatment of both streptococcal pharyngitis and skin infections. Of the two formulations most often prescribed, the estolate salt is better absorbed and achieves higher tissue concentrations than does the ethylsuccinate salt. For these reasons and based on results of the published clinical studies, the appropriate daily dosage for erythromycin estolate is 20 to 30 mg/kg/day and that for erythromycin ethylsuccinate is 40 mg/kg/day. Erythromycin estolate may be given in two, three or four daily doses in the treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis with efficacy rates equal to or better than that achieved with penicillin V. Erythromycin ethylsuccinate is as efficacious as penicillin V when given in three or four daily doses. Treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis should be for 10 days. Recent studies in the treatment of streptococcal skin infections have shown erythromycin to be superior to penicillin. This superiority may be due to increasing numbers of penicillin-resistant staphylococci found in these streptococcal skin lesions. Dosage and frequency of administration of erythromycin in the treatment of streptococcal skin infections is similar to that for the treatment for streptococcal pharyngitis. However, b.i.d. administration has not been well-established in the skin infection studies. Treatment should be given for 7 to 10 days. In conclusion erythromycin is a safe and effective antibiotic for the treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis. Penicillin remains the antibiotic of choice for these infections, but erythromycin is an effective alternate when penicillin allergy is suspected. The appropriate therapy for streptococcal skin infections is less clear.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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Thirteen trials with 2197 participants met the inclusion criteria: 11 trials investigated treatment regimens; 2 investigated prophylaxis regimens. The quality of the trials was variable.Short-term antibiotics (azithromycin for three to five days, or clarithromycin or erythromycin for seven days) were as effective as long-term (erythromycin for 10 to 14 days) in eradicating Bordetella pertussis (B. pertussis) from the nasopharynx (relative risk (RR) 1.02, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.98 to 1.05), but had fewer side effects (RR 0.66, 95% CI 0.52 to 0.83). Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole for seven days was also effective. Nor were there differences in clinical outcomes or microbiological relapse between short and long-term antibiotics. Contact prophylaxis of contacts older than six months of age with antibiotics did not significantly improve clinical symptoms or the number of cases developing culture-positive B. pertussis.
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One hundred two children with group A streptococcal pharyngitis were treated on a randomized basis with either 15 mg/kg of erythromycin estolate or 25 mg/kg of erythromycin ethylsuccinate given twice daily for ten days. Twelve patients, including 11 erythromycin ethylsuccinate-treated patients and one erythromycin estolate-treated patient, were dropped from the study at the request of their parents because of abdominal cramping and/or nausea and vomiting that occurred 15 to 45 minutes after ingestion of drug. Eighteen other patients (12 treated with erythromycin ethylsuccinate and six treated with erythromycin estolate) had similar gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms that resolved or abated. Excluding patients with reinfections with new streptococcal serotypes and those with resistant strains, the bacteriologic failure rates were 4.3% and 17.5%, and the total failure rates were 6.4% and 35.3% with erythromycin estolate therapy and with erythromycin ethylsuccinate therapy, respectively. The high rate of GI tract intolerance associated with the erythromycin ethylsuccinate appears to be dose related.
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Conjunctival and nasopharyngeal cultures for Chlamydia trachomatis were obtained from infants 30 days of age or younger with purulent conjunctivitis. Conjunctival specimens were also tested for other bacterial pathogens and for viruses. Most of the infants studied were black and came from a low-income, urban population. By random assignment infants received either topical treatment with 10% sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic solution or systemic treatment with oral erythromycin estolate (50 mg/kg/day). Treatment was continued for 14 days if C trachomatis was isolated from the conjunctivae. Treatment was considered to be effective if conjunctivitis resolved and if follow-up chlamydial cultures of the conjunctivae and nasopharynx were negative at completion of therapy and two to four weeks later. Chlamydia trachomatis was isolated in the absence of other pathogens from the eyes of 37 (73%) of 51 infants with conjunctivitis. Other bacterial pathogens were isolated from four infants (8%) and viruses from none. Chlamydial infection was eradicated from 14 (93%) of 15 infants treated orally. In contrast, persistent conjunctival infection was detected in eight infants (57%) and nasopharyngeal colonization in three (21%) of 14 infants after topical treatment. It was concluded that C trachomatis is the most frequent cause of neonatal conjunctivitis in the low-income, urban population studied; that erythromycin estolate administered orally for 14 days eradicates chlamydial conjunctival and nasopharyngeal infection; and that topical sulfacetamide therapy may result in persistent conjunctival infection and nasopharyngeal colonization.
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It was concluded that erythromycin is an effective prokinetic agent for diabetic gastroparesis, and that corrected gastric emptying may improve glycemic control.