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The fluoroquinolones are a family of broad spectrum, systemic antibacterial agents that have been used widely as therapy of respiratory and urinary tract infections. Fluoroquinolones are active against a wide range of aerobic gram-positive and gram-negative organisms. Gram-positive coverage includes penicillinase- and non-penicillinase producing Staphylococci, Streptococcus pneumoniae and viridans, Enterococcus faecalis, Listeria monocytogenes, and Nocardia species. Gram negative coverage includes Neisseria meningitides and gonorrhoeae, Haemophilus influenzae, and most clinically important Enterobacteriaceae species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Vibrio species. The fluoroquinolones are believed to act by inhibition of type II DNA topoisomerases (gyrases) that are required for synthesis of bacterial mRNAs (transcription) and DNA replication. They demonstrate little inhibition of human, host enzymes and have had an excellent safety record. The fluoroquinolones are indicated for treatment of several bacterial infections, including bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, urinary tract infections, septicemia and intraabdominal infections, joint and bone infections, soft tissue and skin infections, typhoid fever, anthrax, bacterial gastroenteritis, urethral and gynecological infections, and pelvic inflammatory disease and several other infectious conditions.

The fluoroquinolones currently available in the United States include ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin. These agents are well absorbed orally and well tolerated with a low rate of adverse effects. Several quinolones and fluoroquinolones were introduced but were subsequently withdrawn after spontaneous reports of severe adverse events including hepatotoxicity: temafloxacin (1992), gatifloxacin (2006), and trovafloxacin (1999). The currently available fluoroquinolones appear to cause idiosyncratic liver injury rarely, at an estimated rate of 1:100,000 persons exposed. Idiosyncratic liver injury due to fluoroquinolones may be a “class” effect; the pattern of injury is similar, marked by acute and often severe hepatocellular pattern of injury arising within 1 to 4 weeks of starting therapy. The fluoroquinolones most frequently linked to liver injury are ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin, but these two agents also have been most widely used. Minor elevations in liver enzymes occur in 1% to 3% of patients receiving ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin or ofloxacin. Rates with levofloxacin and moxifloxacin are less well defined, but probably similar. The common side effects of the fluoroquinolones are gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, skin rash and allergic reactions. Less common but more severe side effects include QT prolongation, seizures, hallucinations, tendon rupture, angioedema and photosensitivity.

Ciprofloxacin, delafloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin are discussed separately with individual clinical cases and references. General references and selected publications on fluoroquinolones no longer in use are given below.


Ciprofloxacin HCl86393-32-0C17-H18-F-N3-O3.Cl-H.H2-Oimage 135019641 in the ncbi pubchem database
Delafloxacin Meglumine352458-37-8C18-H12-Cl-F3-N4- O4.C7-H17-N-O5image 135252042 in the ncbi pubchem database
Gemifloxacin175463-14-6C18-H20-F-N5-O4image 135029930 in the ncbi pubchem database
Levofloxacin100986-85-4C18-H20-F-N3-O4image 135015357 in the ncbi pubchem database
Moxifloxacin HCl186826-86-8C21-H24-F-N3-O4.Cl-Himage 135058355 in the ncbi pubchem database
Norfloxacin70458-96-7C16-H18-F-N3-O3image 135009996 in the ncbi pubchem database
Ofloxacin82419-36-1C18-H20-F-N3-O4image 135013562 in the ncbi pubchem database


References updated: 10 March 2020

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    (Among 221 children who received 300 course of moxifloxacin, drug related aminotransferase elevations occurred in 8 [2.7%], with ALT ranging from 114-805 U/L and AST from 96-807 U/L]; no mention of jaundice or need for discontinuation).
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    (Table comparing 4 fluoroquinolones [cipro-, levo-, dela- and moxifloxacin] mentions that ALT and AST elevations are a class adverse event).
  • Delafloxacin (Baxdela)--a new fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2018;60(1543):49–51. [PubMed: 29635263]
    (Concise review of the mechanism of action, clinical efficacy, safety and costs of delafloxacin shortly after its approval for use in the US; mentions adverse side effects of aminotransferase elevations [3%] and that it, like other fluoroquinolones, has a boxed warning about tendinitis, tendon rupture, peripheral neuropathy and CNS effects, and that it can also lead to C. difficile diarrhea).
  • Mavros MN, Theochari NA, Kyriakidou M, Economopoulos KP, Sava JA, Falagas ME. Fluoroquinolone-based versus β-lactam-based regimens for complicated intra-abdominal infections: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2019;53:746–54. [PubMed: 30639629]
    (Systematic review of controlled trials of fluoroquinolones versus β-lactam based antibiotic regimens found similar rates of efficacy and adverse events; no discussion of ALT elevations or liver related toxicities).
  • Kuula LSM, Viljemaa KM, Backman JT, Blom M. Fluoroquinolone-related adverse events resulting in health service use and costs: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2019;14:e0216029. [PMC free article: PMC6485715] [PubMed: 31026286]
    (Systematic review of observational studies on safety of fluoroquinolones concluded that due to lack of published literature, health service and costs could not be evaluated).


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