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Table 5 Type of antibiotics prescribed for upper respiratory tract infection and acute tonsillitis

From: Antibiotic prescribing in public and private practice: a cross-sectional study in primary care clinics in Malaysia

  URTI Acute tonsillitis
  Public Private Overall Public Private Overall
Antibiotic n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Penicillins 129 (43.9) 794 (30.7) 923 (32.1) 47 (48.2) 53 (20.1) 99 (27.7)
 Amoxicillin 102 (34.8) 658 (25.4) 760 (26.4) 41 (42.2) 43 (16.3) 83 (23.3)
 Other penicillins 27 (9.1) 136 (5.3) 163 (5.7) 5 (5.6) 10 (3.8) 16 (4.4)
Cephalosporins 6 (2.0) 744 (28.8) 750 (26.0) 3 (2.6) 54 (20.6) 57 (15.8)
 Cephalexin 6 (2.0) 454 (17.6) 460 (16.0) 2 (1.9) 24 (8.5) 26 (6.8)
 Other cephalosporins - 277 (10.7) 277 (9.6) 1 (0.7) 30 (11.6) 31 (8.7)
Macrolides 158 (54.1) 452 (17.5) 611 (21.2) 47 (49.2) 48 (18.2) 95 (26.6)
 Erythromycin 158 (54.1) 253 (9.8) 412 (14.3) 47 (49.2) 19 (7.3) 67 (18.6)
 Other macrolides - 199 (7.7) 199 (6.9) - 29 (10.5) 28 (7.7)
Penicillin, combinations - 311 (12.0) 311 (10.8) - 90 (34.4) 90 (25.1)
Quinolones - 170 (6.6) 170 (5.9) - 12 (4.4) 12 (3.2)
Other antibiotics - 115 (4.4) 115 (4.0) - 5 (1.9) 5 (1.4)
Total 293 (100) 2587 (100) 2880 (100) 97 (100) 262 (100) 359 (100)
  1. URTI upper respiratory tract infection