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  • n. A semisynthetic analogue of cephalosporin, C15H14ClN3O4S, that is administered orally and has a broad spectrum of antibiotic activity.

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  • n. A semisynthetic analogue of the antibiotic cephalosporin

Etymologies

Alteration of cepha(losporin) + c(h)lor(ine).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The safest appear to be the cephalosporins, such as cefaclor (Ceclor and generic), cephalexin (Keflexand generic), or cefdinir (Omnicef); macrolides, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin and generic), azithromycin (Zithromax and generic), or erythromycin (E-Mycin and generic); and penicillins, such as amoxicillin, ampicillin, and oxacillin.

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  • The safest appear to be the cephalosporins, such as cefaclor (Ceclor and generic), cephalexin (Keflex and generic), or cefdinir (Omnicef); macrolides, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin and generic), azithromycin (Zithromax and generic), or erythromycin (E-Mycin and generic); and penicillins, such as amoxicillin, ampicillin, and oxacillin.

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  • The safest appear to be the cephalosporins, such as cefaclor (Ceclor and generic), cephalexin (Keflexand generic), or cefdinir (Omnicef); macrolides, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin and generic), azithromycin (Zithromax and generic), or erythromycin (E-Mycin and generic); and penicillins,such as amoxicillin, ampicillin, and oxacillin.

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  • Drugs in the earlier generations of cephalosporins include cephalexin Keflex, cephalothin, cefazolin, cefaclor, cefotaxime, and ceftriaxone.

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  • Oral antibiotics or cephalosporins taken in shot form (Oral cefaclor, cefixime, cefpodoxime, cefuroxime, cephalexin and cephradine have not been shown to interact with warfarin.)

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  • The antibiotics most frequently used for self-medication were amoxicillin (18.3%), amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (15.4%), cefaclor (9.7%), cefuroxim (7.9%), cefprozil (4.7%) and ciprofloxacin (2.3%).

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