Ciprofloxacin in general practice

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1437 (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1437
  1. P M W Donaldson,
  2. A P Palleti,
  3. M P Carroll
  1. Southampton University Hospitals Trust, Southampton SO9 4XY.

    EDITOR, - The Lesson of the week by Roland J Korner and colleagues highlighted the dangers of fluoroquinolones.1 We have also noted that patients with chest infections have been treated with ciprofloxacin in general practice; the slower resolution of their Streptococcus pneumoniae infection required a change of antimicrobial agent, and one patient died.

    We understand, however, that ciprofloxacin is not promoted as first line treatment in general practice for community acquired chest infections, but some general practitioners in our area have provided promotional material …

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