Journal of Complexity in Health Sciences (2019-12-01)

Mini Review: Is fluoroquinolone drug or poison?

  • Fatima Zohra Mimouni,
  • Nasser Belboukhari,
  • Khaled Sekkoum

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2, no. 2
pp. 70 – 76


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Quinolones are a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics with valuable pharmacological properties due to their improved pharmacokinetic properties, particular mechanism of action and broad and potent activity; being one of the fastest growing class antibacterial growths in terms of therapeutic use and overall benefit. Because of their effectiveness, spectrum of activity, and generally good safety profile, fluoroquinolones were used widely for multiple clinical indications throughout the world. Although still clinically valuable, fluoroquinolone use has become limited in some clinical situations, as bacterial resistance has emerged over time. In the sections that follow we review the range of molecular mechanisms that motivate quinolone resistance.