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Treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhoea in women. Comparison of rosoxacin and spectinomycin.
  1. O V Calubiran,
  2. L B Crisologo-Vizconde,
  3. T E Tupasi,
  4. C A Torres,
  5. B M Limson


    A comparative study of the new antibacterial agent, rosoxacin, a quinoline derivative, with spectinomycin was made in women with uncomplicated cervical, urethral, pharyngeal, and rectal gonorrhoea. Rosoxacin was given in three oral regimens: 200 mg in a single dose, 300 mg in a single dose, and 300 mg in two doses of 150 mg four hours apart. All culture results 72 hours after administration were negative for Neisseria gonorrhoeae in all 81 women compared with 107 of 109 who received 2 g spectinomycin intramuscularly. Thirty-five of the women successfully treated with rosoxacin harboured penicillinase-producing strains of N gonorrhoeae (PPNG) and 46 non-penicillinase-producing (non-PPNG) strains. Fifty of the women treated with spectinomycin had PPNG strains and 59 non-PPNG strains. Mild self-limiting side effects, principally dizziness, occurred in varying frequency with rosoxacin, but these were difficult to evaluate owing to the characteristics of the patient population and the conditions under which the study was conducted.

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