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Floxin (Ofloxacin)

Last updated on November 17th, 2021

Brand name: Floxin

Generic names: Euflox, Ofloxacin, Offmark, Eufox, Akilen, Woflox, Bactocin, Baccidal, Effexin, Danoflox, Exocin

General Information

Floxin is a popular medicine that has been labeled as a quinolone antibiotic. It diminishes many types of bacterial infections like chronic bronchitis, prostate infections, skin infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginal and infections of urinary tract, pneumonia. It will not work for flu, colds or viral infections. Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.

Don’t stop treatment with Floxin earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Floxin to a child.

Floxin augments sensitivity to sunlight, it may cause severe burning. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?

It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:

  •     heart disorders (such as heart rhythm problems)
  •     liver or kidney disease
  •     blood disorders or anemia
  •     allergy to floxacin, or to similar foods, medicines, preservatives, dyes
  •     stomach or intestinal problems (colitis)
  •     seizures or epilepsy
  •     head injury or brain tumor
  •     pregnancy, planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding

How do I take this medicine?

Note: This remedy was prescribed to you only. Do not share this medicament with others.

This medicament is offered in the tablet, form to take orally.

The recommended dosage of this remedy is 300 mg to 400 milligrams (mg). It should be taken 2 times a day, at regular intervals.

Floxin is taken with some water. It is important to drink several glasses of water every day during treatment with Floxin to protect your kidneys. You may take it either with or without food but do not take it with dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt) or calcium alone. In order to underestimate stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is desirable to combine with meals.

The tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not break, chew or crush them.

The dosage may vary among individuals. It is obviously to contact your doctor before taking this medicament. Follow your physician’s instructions carefully.

What should I do if I miss the dose?

If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.

What should you do if you overdose of Floxin?

Taking any medicine in excess you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, apprise your health care professional straightway.


What drug(s) may interact with Floxin?

  •     Aluminum salts
  •     Antacids
  •     Arsenic trioxide
  •     Astemizole
  •     Bepridil
  •     Calcium salts
  •     Certain heart medications for irregular rhythm (e.g., amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, ibutilide, quinidine, procainamide, sotalol)
  •     Certain medications for depression or other mental problems (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, amoxapine, maprotiline, phenothiazines, haloperidol, pimozide, risperidone, sertindole, and ziprasidone)
  •     Cisapride
  •     Clarithromycin
  •     Cyclobenzaprine
  •     Cyclosporine
  •     Didanosine (Videx)
  •     Doxercalciferol
  •     Iron (ferrous sulfate) preparations
  •     Dolasetron
  •     Droperidol
  •     Erythromycin
  •     Levomethadyl
  •     Magnesium salts
  •     Manganese
  •     Medicines for diabetes
  •     Multivitamins containing iron, calcium, zinc, or manganese
  •     NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, Motrin, naproxen)
  •     Pentamidine
  •     Probucol
  •     Terfenadine
  •     Sucralfate
  •     Theophylline
  •     Troleandomycin
  •     Warfarin
  •     Zinc salts

This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.

Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?

  •     Allergic reaction (itching; swelling of your lips, tongue, face or throat; difficulty breathing; skin rash or swelling; hives)
  •     Problems with breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain,
  •     Sore throat, fever, chills,
  •     Nausea, vomiting
  •     Numbness, tingling in your feet or hands (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
  •     Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), dark urine, severe or watery diarrhea
  •     Dizziness, headache, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  •     Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
  •     Blistering, redness, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth, pale skin
  •     Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  •     Fatigue, faintness
  •     Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin
  •     Unusual bleeding or bruising
  •     Sleep problems (insomnia)

If these side effects persist or worsen, contact your medical practitioner straightway. Remember, this list of side effects is not complete, others may occur. If you notice any side effect, call your doctor or pharmacist.

How should Floxin be stored?

Floxin should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Floxin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

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