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Penicillins: Organs and Systems: Immunologic

Anaphylactic shock can occur, even after oral administration of penicillin and skin testing. However, anaphylactic shock is less common after oral than parenteral administration. In one study the incidence of anaphylactic shock was 0.04% of all patients treated with penicillin. It is also low in patients receiving long-term benzathine penicillin (1.2 million units every 4 weeks).

Penicillins: Organs and Systems: Skin

Skin reactions are the commonest adverse effects of therapeutically administered penicillins. Penicillin-contaminated milk or meat can cause itching or generalized skin reactions or even anaphylaxis. The overall annual incidence of severe erythema multi-forme (toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome) is about one case per million, antibiotics being involved in 30-40%. The clinical differentiation between these syndromes can be difficult.

Penicillins: Organs and Systems: Liver

Penicillin-induced hepatotoxicity may not be as uncommon as has been thought. There have been three reviews. The first was a comparison of the assessment of drug-induced liver injury obtained by two different methods, the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) scale and the Maria & Victorino (M&V) clinical scale. Three independent experts evaluated 215 cases of hepatotoxicity reported using a structured reporting form.

Penicillins: Organs and Systems: Hematologic

Since the days when chloramphenicol was more commonly used, it has been recognized that many antimicrobial drug are associated with severe blood dyscrasias, such as aplastic anemia, neutropenia, agranulocytosis, throm-bocytopenia, and hemolytic anemia. Information on this association has come predominantly from case series and hospital surveys (38^. Some evidence can be extracted from population-based studies that have focused on aplastic anemia and agranulocytosis and their association with many drugs, including antimicrobial drugs. The incidence rates of blood dyscrasias in the general population have been estimated in a cohort study with a nested case-control analysis, using data from a General Practice Research Database in Spain.

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See also Macrolide antibiotics Clarithromycin is a commonly used macrolide antibiotic and is a regular part of regimens for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori, often in combination with a nitromidazole antibiotic as well, in addition to a proton pump inhibitor. Variable rates of adverse events (4-30%) have been reported with clarithromycin.

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For amebiasis there is still discussion about the use of a single high dose versus repeated lower doses, both as regards efficacy and adverse effects. The use of metronidazole against infections with anerobic bacteria has increased over the years, and with this indication the use of metronidazole in combination with many other drugs used by patients with conditions likely to develop secondary anaerobic bacterial infections. With increased use there is also a widespread and increasing incidence of resistance of various strains of bacteria. The use of metronidazole as an added medication merely “to make assurance double sure” is to be discouraged.

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Metronidazole has a disulfiram-like effect in users of alcohol, sufficient to justify a warning. An unusual Antabuse-type reaction reported on one occasion seems to have been due to an interaction of metronidazole with the alcohol present in X-Prep. An interaction with metronidazole and ciclosporin, in which ciclosporin blood concentrations rise, has been suggested, though only in isolated case histories. It has been confirmed that metronidazole can produce a two-fold increase in blood concentrations of ciclosporin and tacrolimus, with a subsequent increase in serum crea-tinine in both cases.