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Floxin genetically known as Ofloxacin, is an antibiotic medication used to treat various bacterial infections such as outer ear infections (swimmer's ear), middle ear infections, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and other infections caused by susceptible bacteria. Floxin belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics and works by stopping the growth and reproduction of bacteria.
Floxin should be used only for bacterial infections and not for viral infections like the common cold or the flu. Ofloxacin as other quinolone antibiotic acts directly on the DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV enzymes which prevents the excessive supercoiling of DNA during transcription or replication. By inhibiting the function, it thereby inhibits normal cell division.
Uses and Dosage
To use Ofloxacin tablets, take them orally as directed by your doctor. The tablets are available in different strengths, including 200mg, or 400mg. Usually, the dosage range for adults is 200mg to 800mg daily with an Individual dose should not exceed 400mg.
The tablets should be taken with plenty of fluids and can be taken with or without food, as prescribed by your doctor. They should be swallowed whole and not chewed, crushed, or broken. To make it easier to remember when to take your tablets, it is helpful to create a regular dosing schedule. Be sure to take Floxin at least 2 hours before or after taking other products that could lessen its efficacy, like iron and zinc supplements, sucralfate, quinapril, or any products that may contain magnesium, calcium, or aluminum.
Take Ofloxacin regularly and exactly as directed by your doctor, even if you start feeling better before your treatment is complete. Do not alter your dosage or stop taking this medication without consulting your healthcare provider as it could lead to the recurrence of your infection or other adverse effects.
Common Side Effects of Floxin (Ofloxacin):
- Changes in the sense of taste
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Floxin (Ofloxacin):
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Hearing changes
- Signs of kidney problems (changes in urinary output)
- Severe dizziness
- Signs of clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (abdominal pain and cramping, persistent diarrhea, mucus/blood in the stool)
- Signs of infection (fever, chills, sore throat)
- Signs of liver problems (abdominal pain, unusual tiredness, dark urine, yellowish eyes and skin, persistent vomiting)
- Signs of tear or break in the aorta (sudden pain in the chest, shortness of breath, cough)
Form and Strength
Floxin (Ofloxacin) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 200 mg
- 400 mg
- Floxin should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures, as it may increase the risk of having a seizure.
- Floxin can cause dizziness or lightheadedness, avoid activities that require alertness until you know how the medication affects you.
- Ofloxacin may cause photosensitivity, so avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, tanning booths, and sunlamps.
- Floxin should be used with caution in patients with liver or kidney problems, as it may affect the functioning of these organs.
- Ofloxacin should be avoided in patients who are allergic to ofloxacin or any other fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
- Floxin may cause gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain.
- Ofloxacin can increase the risk of developing an antibiotic-resistant infection in the future.
- Floxin should be used with caution in patients with a history of myasthenia gravis, as it may worsen muscle weakness.
- Ofloxacin can cause abnormal heart rhythms in some patients, so it should be used with caution in patients with a history of heart problems or taking medications that affect heart rhythm.
- Floxin may interact with other medications, inform your doctor about any other medications, supplements, or herbs you may be taking.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Floxin be used to treat viral infections?
No, Floxin should only be used to treat bacterial infections and not for viral infections like the common cold or the flu.
Is Floxin safe?
Like all medications, Floxin can have some side effects and may not be safe for everyone. Take Floxin only under the supervision of a medical professional and report any side effects or concerns to your doctor.
How long does it take for Floxin to work?
The length of time it takes for Floxin to work can vary depending on the individual and the type and severity of the infection being treated. Generally, patients should start to see improvement in their symptoms within a few days of starting treatment.
Can Floxin be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Floxin should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as it can pass into breast milk and may harm the developing fetus or nursing infant. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and need to take antibiotics for an infection.
It's important to purchase Floxin from verified Canadian pharmacy.