International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 555–558 | Cite as

Colistin and neurotoxicity: recommendations for optimal use in cystic fibrosis patients

  • Barbara O. M. ClausEmail author
  • Sylvia Snauwaert
  • Filomeen Haerynck
  • Sabine Van Daele
  • Frans De Baets
  • Petra Schelstraete
Case Report


Case description The use of i.v. colistin reappeared recently for the treatment of multidrug-resistant Gram negative organisms in the intensive care and cystic fibrosis (CF) setting. According to the latest pharmacokinetic data, a loading dose and high antibiotic doses are given. Two cases of adverse events (paraesthesias, bad taste) were observed immediately after the start of infusion of a high dose of i.v. colistin in adult CF patients at the Ghent University Hospital. Conclusion Recommendations for optimal administration of i.v. colistin in adult CF patients are scarce. This article highlights the importance of mode of administration to avoid toxicity and relates it to recent pharmacokinetic/-dynamic literature.


Administration ADR Adverse drug reaction Colistin Cystic fibrosis Intravenous Neurotoxicity 



We acknowledge Professor William Couet, Poitiers, France, for his valuable reflection on the possibility to assess pharmacokinetic information.



Conflicts of interest



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© Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara O. M. Claus
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sylvia Snauwaert
    • 2
  • Filomeen Haerynck
    • 3
  • Sabine Van Daele
    • 3
  • Frans De Baets
    • 3
  • Petra Schelstraete
    • 3
  1. 1.Pharmacy DepartmentGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Cystic Fibrosis Reference CentreGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium

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