Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 53–59 | Cite as

The quinolones in chronic bronchitis

  • B. I. Davies
  • F. P. V. Maesen
  • J. P. Teengs
  • C. Baur
Quinolones in Perspective


Results are presented from 186 hospitalized patients treated for acute purulent exacerbations of chronic bronchitis with orally administered ciprofloxacin (80 patients), enoxacin (26 patients), ofloxacin (30 patients) or pefloxacin (50 patients). In general, good clinical results were observed in 50–70% of the patients treated, most failures being due to relapses or reinfections withStreptococcus pneumoniae orPseudomonas aeruginosa. Studies on blood and sputum concentration suggested that gastro-intestinal absorption was not always satisfactory. Unwanted drug effects were noted with all agents studied, generally presenting as stomach pain, nausea, hallucinations, or dizziness. Most adverse drug reactions were seen with enoxacin, often but not always during concomitant treatment with theophylline.

Key words

Bronchitis Drug evaluation Drug interactions Minimum inhibitory concentrations Pharmacokinetics Quinolones Side effects Theophylline 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. I. Davies
    • 1
  • F. P. V. Maesen
    • 2
  • J. P. Teengs
    • 2
  • C. Baur
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyDe Wever HospitalCX HeerlenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Respiratory DiseasesDe Wever HospitalCX HeerlenThe Netherlands

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