This medication is used to deal with a number of microbial infection. Ofloxacin belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Unnecessary misuse or use of any antibiotic may lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking ofloxacin and each time you get a refill. If you have any relevant questions, ask your medical professional or pharmacist.
Take this medicine by mouth with or without food as directed by your medical professional, usually twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening). The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Take in lots of liquids while taking this medication unless your doctor informs you otherwise.
Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after using other services and products that may bind to it, decreasing its effectiveness. Ask your pharmacist concerning the other items you are taking. Some examples include: quinapril, sucralfate, vitamins/minerals (including iron and zinc supplements), and products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium (such as for example antacids, didanosine solution, calcium supplements).
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine within you is kept at a level that is constant. Consequently, just take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.
Maintain to simply take this medication before the prescribed that is full is finished, even if symptoms disappear after several days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the illness.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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Upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your pharmacist or doctor promptly.
Remember your doctor has prescribed this medicine she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects because he or. Many people using this medication do not have adverse that is serious.
Inform your doctor right away if you have serious adverse results, including: sunburn-like epidermis response (sun sensitivity), easy bruising/bleeding, signs of a new infection (such as for instance new/persistent fever, persistent sore throat), uncommon change into the amount of urine, signs of liver problems (such as uncommon tiredness, stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).
Get medical help right away in the event that you have very serious adverse effects, including: severe/persistent headache, vision problems, shaking, hearing modifications, unsteadiness, seizures, severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, depression, rare thoughts of committing suicide).
Hardly ever, this medication could potentially cause serious, possibly permanent, nerve problems (peripheral neuropathy). Stop taking ofloxacin and tell your medical practitioner straight away if you have any of the following symptoms: pain/numbness/burning/tingling/weakness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, changes in how you sense touch/pain/temperature/vibration/body position.
This medication may hardly ever cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition might occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Tell your medical practitioner appropriate away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stools.
Usually do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of these symptoms because these products may make them worse.
Use of this medication for extended or repeated periods may cause dental thrush or a yeast infection that is new. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other symptoms that are new.
A really serious reaction that is allergic this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any outward symptoms of a serious hypersensitive reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is certainly not a list that is complete of side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about unwanted effects. You'll report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Phone your medical professional for medical advice about side effects. You may report adverse effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
See section that is also warning.
Before using ofloxacin, tell your doctor or pharmacist in the event that you are allergic to it; or to other quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, that may cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: seizure disorder, conditions that increase your risk of seizures (such as for example brain/head injury, brain tumors), neurological problems (such as for instance peripheral neuropathy), kidney disease, liver condition, myasthenia gravis, joint/tendon issues (such as tendonitis, bursitis).
Ofloxacin might cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause severe (hardly ever fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other signs (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that require medical attention right away.
The risk of QT prolongation might be increased in the event that you have specific medical conditions or are taking other medications that may cause QT prolongation. Before utilizing ofloxacin, tell your physician or pharmacist of most the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: specific heart problems (heart failure, sluggish heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of particular heart disease (QT prolongation into the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
Minimal levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Communicate with your physician about using ofloxacin safely.
This medication may rarely cause serious changes in blood sugar levels, especially if you have diabetes. Watch for symptoms of high blood sugar including increased thirst and urination. Also watch for symptoms of low blood sugar such as sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or hands/feet that is tingling. Check your blood sugar frequently as directed by your medical professional and report any changes. If you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, you may raise your blood sugar by using glucose tablets/gel or eating a quick source of sugar such as table sugar, honey, or candy, or drink fruit juice or non-diet soda. Tell your doctor right away about the reaction and the use of this product. To help prevent blood that is low, consume meals on a regular routine, and usually do not skip meals. Your physician might need to change you to some other antibiotic or adjust your diabetes medicines if any reaction happens.
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit beverages that are alcoholic.
This medicine may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear clothing that is protective outdoors. Other medications (such as for example tretinoin-mequinol) may increase your sun sensitivity. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Ofloxacin may cause real time vaccines that are bacterialsuch as typhoid vaccine) not to work too. Therefore, don't have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication with no permission of the medical practitioner.
Before having surgery, tell your medical professional or dentist about all of the products you utilize (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and natural services and products).
Children may be more responsive to the medial side effects of this drug, especially joint/tendon problems.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the medial side aftereffects of this medication, such as tendon problems (especially if they are also taking corticosteroids such as prednisone or hydrocortisone) and QT prolongation (see above).
During pregnancy, this medication should be utilized only whenever demonstrably required. Discuss the risks and advantages with your medical practitioner.
This medicine passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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