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Introduction

Expert Advice

  • Take with or without meals.
  • Do not take within 1 hour before or after taking dairy products, antacids or other medications.
  • Inform prescriber and discontinue medication if there is tendon pain/inflammation, burning redness/pain/swelling/irritation at infusion site, urticaria (outbreak of swollen pale red bumps on skin), facial swelling, difficulty in breathing or swallowing, loss of consciousness, chest pain palpitations (feeling of heart beating fastly and tingling.
  • Contact prescriber if there is increased sleepiness, tremors (shivering), agitation (nervousness), skin rash, changes in vision, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, chills, fever burning/itching on urination, white plaques in mouth, vaginal discharge or if there is worsening of condition.
  • Complete full course of therapy even if you feel better.
  • Take sufficient amounts of fluids (2-3 liters per day) to maintain hydration, unless restricted by the prescriber.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, wear sunscreen, protective eyewear and clothing to prevent photosensitivity (sensitivity reactions caused by exposure to sunlight).

Primary Uses

Bacterial Infections

Indications

It is indicated in urinary tract infections, infections of the lower respiratory tract, skin and soft tissues, urethral and cervical gonorrhea, non-gonococcal urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), and cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).

Side Effects

Gastrointestinal disturbances, skin reactions, CNS (nervous system) disturbances are some of its side effects. Hypersensitivity reactions, suicidal thoughts and behavior, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage outside the brain), tendinitis (inflammation of tendons), and tendon rupture are also reported.

Warnings

Pregnancy

This drug is contraindicated in pregnant females.

Lactation

This medicine should not be used by nursing females.

Precautions

Elderly and patients with psychiatric disorders, renal (kidney) and hepatic (liver) impairment, myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness), diabetes, G6PD deficiency may be sensitive to the drug. There may be a risk of QT prolongation (heart muscles take longer than normal to recharge), pseudomembranous colitis (inflammation of the large intestine due to overgrowth of bacteria); consider if the patient has persistent diarrhea. Advise patients to report signs of liver disease. Avoid the strong UV light and consult an eye specialist immediately if visual disturbances occur.

Contraindications

This drug is contraindicated in epilepsy (a disorder of brain with abnormal brain activity causing seizures) or lowered seizure threshold. It is also not indicated for growing adolescents and patients with a history of tendinitis (inflammation of tendons).

 

FAQS

What are the uses of Ofloxacin?

This medication is used for the treatment of bacterial infections. Please note that this medicine will only work for bacterial infections and not viruses causing conditions such as common cold, flu, etc.

How to take Ofloxacin?

Use it as prescribed by your health care provider. Please complete course of medication to prevent return of the infection.

How to store Ofloxacin?

Please store this medicine at room temperature (18-25 Celsius). Keep medicine away from excessive light, moisture, and children. Please do not flush medicines down the toilet. Please read the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.

Will I see instant results?

It may take some time for the medicine to work effectively. Use it regularly and as prescribed by your healthcare provider for the best results.

What are the precautions for taking this medicine?

• May cause drowsiness therefore avoid work that requires alertness e.g. driving after taking this medicine • May cause false laboratory test results therefore inform doctor about use of medicine prior to lab test • May decrease effectiveness of vaccines thus it is advised not to get any vaccines during use of this medicine • Use with caution as may cause muscle/ tendon problems (rarely) • Sun sensitivity may increase therefore use sun block

Does Ofloxacin have any effect on pregnancy and lactation?

This medicine should only be used during pregnancy if no safer alternate is available. Consult your health care provider before using this medicine. This medicine passes into breast-milk and effects are unknown. Consult your health care provider before using this medicine.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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