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Fosfomycin

By Hans P. Schlecht, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine ; Christopher Bruno, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine

Fosfomycin has a unique chemical structure. It is used mainly to treat bladder infections caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) or Escherichia faecalis. It is sometimes used to treat other infections when they are caused by bacteria resistant to other antibiotics.

Some bacteria have an outer covering (cell wall) that protects them. Fosfomycin works by preventing bacteria from forming this wall, resulting in death of the bacteria.

Fosfomycin

Common Uses

Some Side Effects

Bladder infections caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) or Escherichia faecalis

Infections caused by susceptible bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci

Nausea and diarrhea

Fosfomycin is usually well-tolerated but may cause nausea and diarrhea.

Use of Fosfomycin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Fosfomycin should be used during pregnancy only when the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.

Whether use of fosfomycin during breastfeeding is safe is not known.

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  • VANCOCIN
  • MONUROL