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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

An open study to compare azithromycin with cefaclor in the treatment of children with acute otitis media.

An open, multicentre study involving 259 children between 6 months and 13 years of age was performed to assess the efficacy and safety of azithromycin and to compare it with cefaclor as treatment of acute otitis media. Patients were randomized to receive either azithromycin 10 mg/kg once daily for 3 days or cefaclor 40 mg/kg daily in divided doses every 8 h for 10 days. Cure or improvement in signs and symptoms was observed in 112/114 (98%) evaluable azithromycin-treated patients and 116/120 (97%) evaluable cefaclor-treated patients on days 11-15. In contrast to cefaclor, however, azithromycin was associated with a significantly (P = 0.033) higher cure rate 1 month after completion of treatment. In those patients who were followed up to days 25-30, the response was satisfactory (cure or improvement) in 31/32 (97%) patients who had received azithromycin and in 31/36 (86%) to whom cefaclor had been administered. Patients tolerated both treatments well and no severe adverse events related to therapy were recorded in either group. The results of this study show that a 3-day, once-daily regimen of azithromycin has comparable clinical efficacy and tolerability to a thrice-daily course of cefaclor administered for 10 days, but the azithromycin is associated with a lower incidence of relapse.[1]


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