Efficacy and safety of a 10-day course of 400 or 600 milligrams of grepafloxacin once daily for treatment of acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis: comparison with a 10-day course of 500 milligrams of ciprofloxacin twice daily.Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1998 Jan; 42(1):114-20.AA
A randomized, prospective, double-blind, double-dummy, multicenter study investigated the efficacy and safety of 10 days of oral therapy with grepafloxacin at 400 mg once daily, grepafloxacin at 600 mg once daily, or ciprofloxacin at 500 mg twice daily in 624 patients with acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis. At the end of treatment, clinical success (cure or improvement) was achieved for 93% (140 of 151), 88% (137 of 156), and 91% (145 of 160) of patients in the groups receiving grepafloxacin at 400 mg, grepafloxacin at 600 mg, and ciprofloxacin, respectively (clinically evaluable population). At follow-up (14 to 28 days posttreatment), the clinical success rates were 87% (124 of 143), 81% (122 of 151), and 80% (123 of 154) in the groups receiving grepafloxacin at 400 mg and 600 mg and ciprofloxacin, respectively. A total of 379 pathogens were isolated from 290 patients, with the most common isolates being Moraxella catarrhalis (21%), Staphylococcus aureus (20%), Haemophilus influenzae (18%), and Streptococcus pneumoniae (7%). For the evaluable population, successful bacteriologic response was obtained at the end of treatment for 96% (92 of 96), 98% (87 of 89), and 92% (82 of 90) of patients receiving grepafloxacin at 400 mg, grepafloxacin at 600 mg, and ciprofloxacin, respectively, and was maintained in 86% (82 of 95), 88% (78 of 89), and 82% (69 of 84) of patients, respectively, at follow-up. All pretreatment S. pneumoniae isolates were susceptible to grepafloxacin, but two strains were resistant to ciprofloxacin. All treatments were well tolerated, with the most frequently reported drug-related adverse events being nausea, taste perversion, and headache. All drug-related adverse events in the grepafloxacin groups were mild or moderate in severity. This study demonstrates that 10-day courses of grepafloxacin given at 400 or 600 mg once daily were as effective, clinically and bacteriologically, as ciprofloxacin given at 500 mg twice daily for the treatment of acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis.