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Macrolides

What are Macrolides?

Macrolides are a class of antibiotics derived from Saccharopolyspora erythraea (originally called Streptomyces erythreus), a type of soil-borne bacteria.

Macrolides inhibit protein synthesis in bacteria by reversibly binding to the P site of the 50S unit of the ribosome. Macrolides mainly affect gram-positive cocci and intracellular pathogens such as mycoplasma, chlamydia, and legionella. Erythromycin was the first macrolide discovered; other macrolides include azithromycin, clarithromycin, and roxithromycin.

Their action is primarily bacteriostatic but may be bactericidal at high concentrations, or depending on the type of microorganism.

List of Macrolides:

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Drug Name Avg. Rating Reviews
Zithromax (Pro)
Generic name: azithromycin
7.2
129 reviews
Biaxin (Pro)
Generic name: clarithromycin
6.5
87 reviews
Azithromycin Dose Pack
Generic name: azithromycin
6.7
65 reviews
Dificid (Pro)
Generic name: fidaxomicin
7.7
12 reviews
Biaxin XL
Generic name: clarithromycin
7.2
9 reviews
Erythrocin (Pro)
Generic name: erythromycin
7.2
3 reviews
Ery-Tab (Pro)
Generic name: erythromycin
7.0
1 review
Zmax (Pro)
Generic name: azithromycin
8.0
No reviews
PCE Dispertab (Pro)
Generic name: erythromycin
No reviews
Ilosone
Generic name: erythromycin
No reviews
Erythrocin Lactobionate
Generic name: erythromycin
No reviews
EryPed (Pro)
Generic name: erythromycin
No reviews
Eryc (Pro)
Generic name: erythromycin
No reviews
E.E.S. Granules (Pro)
Generic name: erythromycin
No reviews
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