Medical Dictionary

clarithromycin

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noun cla·rith·ro·my·cin \ klə-ˌrith-rə-ˈmīs-ᵊn \

medical Definition of clarithromycin

:a semisynthetic macrolide antibiotic C38H69NO13 used especially in the treatment of various mild to moderate bacterial infections
  • Macrolides are recommended as first-line therapy for adults in the United States and Canada with community-acquired pneumonia. Newer macrolides (eg, azithromycin, clarithromycin) are popular because of convenient dosing schedules and fewer adverse effects.
  • —Terri B. Hyde et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association17 Oct. 2001
Note: Clarithromycin is marketed under the trademark Biaxin.

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