The antibacterial activity of rowatinex

D. Greenwood*, N. Johnson, A. Eley, R. C.B. Slack, G. D. Bell

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Rowatinex is a proprietary mixture of essential oils marketed for a variety of renal disorders, including infection. Urine of volunteers taking Rowatinex exhibited no antibacterial activity against common urinary pathogens, and a protracted course of treatment had no effect on a Proteus mirabilis infection of a patient with renal stones. Some urinary bacteria were inhibited in vitro by the volatile products of the essential oils, but it appears that the metabolized forms in which the oils are known to be excreted into urine retain no useful antibacterial activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-551
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1982
Externally publishedYes


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