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Fosfomycin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Medically Reviewed Jun 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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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 is usually well-tolerated but may cause nausea and diarrhea.

Use of Fosfomycin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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