Norfloxacin in the treatment of gonorrhea due to penicillinase and non-penicillinase producing Neisseria gonorrheae: a review

Scand J Infect Dis Suppl. 1988;56:49-54.


In 12 recent clinical studies, norfloxacin given in various dosage regimens was shown to be highly effective in treating 1,588 gonococcal infections in 1,486 patients. A single oral dose of norfloxacin 800 mg cured 99.2% of 783 patients with penicillinase producing strains of Neisseria gonorrheae (PPNG) and non-penicillinase producing N. gonorrheae (NPPNG) causing urethritis, cervicitis and anorectal infections. A single oral dose of 800 mg of norfloxacin was found to be an effective alternative to a 2 g intramuscular dose of spectinomycin and superior to a 2.5 g oral dose of thiamphenicol for the treatment of PPNG urethritis or cervicitis. Its efficacy in treatment of NPPNG infections was shown to be similar to that of a single oral dose of 3.5 g of ampicillin plus 1 g of probenecid. Mild and transient gastrointestinal and neurological adverse events occurred in 3.3% of patients treated with norfloxacin 800 mg. Norfloxacin 800 mg as a single dose is recommended as an effective and safe single-dose treatment of urethritis, cervicitis and anorectal infections caused by PPNG or NPPNG.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / enzymology
  • Norfloxacin / pharmacology
  • Norfloxacin / therapeutic use*
  • Penicillinase / biosynthesis*


  • Penicillinase
  • Norfloxacin