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- adj. Of, relating to, or containing sulfanilamide or any sulfa drug: sulfa pills; a sulfa powder.
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- adj. Of or containing sulfanilamide.
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- n. antibacterial consisting of any of several synthetic organic compounds capable of inhibiting the growth of bacteria that require PABA
It can be added that trimethoprim-sulfa is used in the treatment of Pneumocystis carinii, a relatively common complication to AIDS.
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He caught pneumonia and tried to take some kind of sulfa drug that went against his heart.
The subsequent development of sulfa drugs was a milestone in biomedical sciences and a great deal of research followed as scientists throughout the world searched for more effective chemotherapies for bacterial infections.
Kuhn surmised that the sulfa drugs must be competitors for the same biological receptors used by natural growth factors.
He knew that one of the problems with early sulfa drugs was that they required massive doses to be effective against bacteria, often with strong side-effects.
He was convinced that a normal cell's chemical affinity for the natural growth factor was far higher than that of the sulfa drugs.
However, antibiotics most likely to cause severe allergic reactions (e.g., penicillins, cephalosporins and sulfa drugs) are not contained in vaccines.
There were now several classes of antibiotics, from the penicillin derivatives to the sulfa drugs, the tetracyclines, erythromycin, and the antituberculosis drug streptomycin.
The amount of community-strain staph that possessed inducible clindamycin resistance was still low, however, and there were still plenty of other drug options for outpatient treatment: the tetracyclines; the fluoroquinolones; the sulfa drugs; and linezolid or Zyvox, a brand-new and therefore much more expensive drug that could also be taken orally.
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