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Fluorinated quinolones

A review of their mode of action, antimicrobial activity, pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy
  • R. Janknegt
Review Articles


Quinolones, chemically related to nalidixic acid, have a strong and rapid bactericidal action against Gram-negative bacteria, includingPs. aeruginosa, someMycobacteria, Legionella andStaphylococci. Streptococci and anaerobic bacteria are usually less sensitive. The quinolones exert their bactericidal action through inhibition of the enzyme DNA gyrase. Quinolones are absorbed for 50–100% from the gastro-intestinal tract, their volume of distribution is generally high (2 l/kg) and high concentrations are reached in almost all organs. The elimination half-lives range from 4 to 14 h. The efficacy of quinolones in urinary tract infections has been shown in many studies. They also seem to be effective in many serious infections. In animal studies their efficacy was generally equal or superior to aminoglycosides. Until now only mild and infrequent side effects have been reported.

Key words

Drug evaluation Drug interactions Drug resistance Mechanism of action Minimum inhibitory concentration Pharmacokinetics Quinolones Side effects Structure-activity relationship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Janknegt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical PharmacyHA AlkmaarThe Netherlands

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