Quinupristin/Dalfopristin (PDF Version)


Antibiotic Class:



Antimicrobial Activity:

Gram-positive bacteria. In-vitro data suggests streptogramins possess activity against gram-negative upper respiratory tract pathogens and gram-negative anaerobes.


Mechanism of Action:

Inhibition of mRNA translation by binding to the 50S subunit of bacterial ribosomes.



Predominantly independent of concentration once above four times the MIC of common Staphylococci and Streptococci.


Pharmacokinetics: (7.5mg/kg dose at steady state)

Cmax: 3.2 and 7.96mg/L (quinupristin and dalfopristin respectively)

Half-life: 3.07 and 1.04 hours (quinupristin and dalfopristin respectively)

Volume of distribution: 0.45 and 0.24L/kg (quinupristin and dalfopristin respectively)


Adverse Effects:

Venous irritation due to quinupristin/dalfopristin is common. In comparative trials approximately 40% of patients experienced infusion site adverse reactions compared to 25% of comparator treated patients. Increasing the infusion volume or administering the drug via central line may attenuate this reaction.


In two compassionate use studies, arthralgias (9.1%) and myalgias (6.6%) were the most common adverse event related to quinupristin/dalfopristin.  Hyperbilirubinemia was documented in up to 25% of quinupristin/dalfopristin treated patients in compassionate use/non-comparative studies.



Intravenous only available as 500mg (150mg quinupristin and 350mg dalfopristin) and 600mg (180mg quinupristin and 420mg dalfopristin) powder for reconstitution vials


Serious or life-threatening infections associated with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium 7.5mg/kg every 8 hours

Complicated skin and skin structure infection caused by methicillin-susceptible S. aureus or S. pyogenes 7.5mg/kg every 12 hours


Disease state based dosing:

Hepatic failure: Although no dosage official dosage adjustment recommendations exist, pharmacokinetic data in 

patients with hepatic cirrhosis (Childs-Pugh class A or B) suggest that dosage adjustments may be necessary.

Renal failure: No dosing adjustments are necessary in patients with renal impairment or patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis.




Drug Interactions:

Quinupristin/dalfopristin is a potent inhibitor of the cytochrome P450 3A4 isoenzyme system.  Caution should be exercised and monitoring is suggested when concomitantly administering quinupristin/dalfopristin with drugs that have narrow therapeutic windows and are substrates of the CYP3A4 substrates.



Category B: No evidence of risk in humans but studies inadequate.


Brand names/Manufacturer: Synercid/DSM pharmaceuticals (Marketed by Monarch pharmaceuticals)


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