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Infection. 1990;18 Suppl 2:S80-8.

Fosfomycin trometamol in a single dose versus norfloxacin for seven days in the treatment of uncomplicated urinary infections in general practice.

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Medical Research Bureau International, Arnhem, The Netherlands.


The efficacy and tolerability of fosfomycin trometamol in a single dose of 3 g was compared with norfloxacin 400 mg b.i.d. for seven days in the treatment of adult female patients with uncomplicated urinary infections. 158 female patients with a mean age of 30 years who presented symptoms of dysuria and frequency with documented pyuria and bacteriuria on urinalysis (greater than or equal to 10(5) cfu/ml of urine) were initially included in the study. The total number of clinically and bacteriologically evaluable patients was 111, of which 61 received fosfomycin trometamol and 50 norfloxacin. One to two days after the double blind medication schedule for seven days, 55 of 60 patients (92%) in the fosfomycin trometamol group and 48 of 50 patients (96%) in the norfloxacin group were clinically cured. 37 patients without significant bacteriuria showed a clinical cure rate of over 90% in both therapy groups. Two to three days after the single dose treatment with fosfomycin trometamol the initial infecting pathogen was eradicated in 60 of the 61 patients (98%). One to two days after a seven day treatment with norfloxacin 48 of 50 patients (96%) showed an eradication of the initial infecting pathogen. Six weeks after the start of therapy 39/60 patients (65%) and 32/49 (65%) in the fosfomycin trometamol and norfloxacin groups respectively, remained free from urinary infection. The reinfection rate in both treatment groups was approximately 25%. The relapse rate in the post treatment evaluation period of four weeks was relatively low in both therapy groups, 5/49 patients (10%) in the norfloxacin group and 3/55 patients (6%) in the fosfomycin trometamol group, respectively.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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