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Potentiation of Inhibitory Activity of Colistin on Pseudomonas aeruginosa by Sulphamethoxazole and Sulphamethizole

Br Med J 1969; 3 doi: (Published 20 September 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:692
  1. N. A. Simmons


    Potentiation of colistin by sulphamethoxazole and sulphamethizole was demonstrated with 19 out of 20 strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This enhancement was bactericidal as well as bacteriostatic. Synergy between trimethoprim and sulphamethoxazole was also demonstrated with four strains of Ps. aeruginosa, but even when the two drugs were combined high concentrations of trimethoprim were still required to produce a bactericidal effect. Combinations of sulphamethoxazole and gentamicin appeared to be synergistic when the bacteriostatic effect was measured, but the combined bactericidal effect was indifference. The bactericidal and bacteriostatic effect of combinations of carbenicillin with sulphamethoxazole was also indifference.