Colistin

Also known as: Polymyxin E Colistimethate sodium

Active ingredient description

Colistin is a cyclic polypeptide antibacterial agent belonging to the polymyxin group. Polymyxins work by damaging the cell membrane and the resulting physiological effects are lethal to the bacterium. Polymyxins are selective for aerobic Gram-negative bacteria that have a hydrophobic outer membrane.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code
Group title
Classification
Colistin
A Alimentary tract and metabolism → A07 Antidiarrheals, intestinal antiinflammatory/antiinfective agents → A07A Intestinal antiinfectives → A07AA Antibiotics
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Colistin
J Antiinfectives for systemic use → J01 Antibacterials for systemic use → J01X Other antibacterials → J01XB Polymyxins
Discover more medicines within J01XB01

Medicines

Colistin is the active ingredient of these drugs:

Drug
Countries

Brazil

Austria

Hong Kong Ireland Lithuania United Kingdom

Lithuania

Colistin is also found within below combination drugs:

BACICOLINE-B , CORTISPORIN TC

Product monographs

Medicine agencies around the world have authorized marketing of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title
Type
Country

Unique ingredient identifier (UNII)

Z67X93HJG1 - COLISTIN

CAS registry number

1066-17-7 - colistin

SNOMED-CT

387412007 - Colistin (substance)