The mechanism by which the fluorinated quinolones produce central nervous system (CNS) effects is currently unknown. We measured the effect of lomefloxacin on cerebral blood flow and metabolism using positron emission tomography. Eighteen healthy, nonsmoking volunteers were randomized to receive lomefloxacin 400 mg, ciprofloxacin 750 mg, or placebo given in a single-blind fashion every 12 hours for 72 hours, the time window for maximum lomefloxacin CNS effects. Subjects receiving lomefloxacin had a mean (± SEM) cerebral blood flow (CBF) of 46 (2.9) ml/min/100 g, glucose metabolism (FDG) 4.7 (0.4) mg/min/100 g, oxygen metabolism (OM) 3.3 (0.3) ml/min/100 g, and oxygen extraction (%OM) 0.4 (0.04). Posttreatment values were 43 (3.6) ml/min/100 g, 4.2 (0.4) mg/min/100 g, 2.6 (0.3) ml/min/100 g, and 0.4 (0.03), respectively. Values for subjects receiving ciprofloxacin were CBF 44.8 (1.6) ml/min/100 g, FDG 4.9 (0.7) mg/min/100 g, OM 4.1 (0.4) ml/min/100 g, and %OM 0.6 (0.03) at baseline, and 40.3 (3.5), 4.5 (0.6), 3.4 (0.4), and 0.5 (0.09), respectively, after treatment. For placebo-treated subjects, baseline values were CBF 41.4 (1.9) ml/min/100 g, FDG 4.9 (0.5) mg/min/100 g, OM 3.3 (0.4) ml/min/100 g, and %OM 0.5 (0.07), and respective posttreatment values were 42.1 (2.3), 5.0 (0.6), 3.5 (0.3), and 0.5 (0.02). No effect was observed on visual (qualitative), blinded reading of the scans. No significant effect on cerebral blood flow or metabolism was detected. We conclude that short-term administration of lomefloxacin or ciprofloxacin to healthy volunteers does not have a significant effect on cerebral blood flow, or on oxygen or glucose metabolism. Trends toward decreased metabolism in the quinolone-treated subjects are consistent with findings from other published trials, although their significance is unclear.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)