What kind of medication is Floxin?
Floxin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. The active ingredient is Ofloxacin which is available in oral tablets (200mg, 300mg, and 400mg) and an otic solution.
What is Floxin used for?
Floxin treats bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, pneumonia, bronchitis, some sexually transmitted diseases, infections of the prostate or pelvis, and certain skin infections. The otic solution of Floxin is used to treat ear infections.
Floxin must be used as prescribed. Never make changes to the dosage without consulting a doctor. The tablets should be taken with water. During treatment with Floxin tablets, increase your daily intake of fluids.
Do not take vitamin or mineral supplements until two hours have passed after a dose of Floxin tablets.
If using the otic solution of Floxin, do not allow the liquid to get into the eyes or mouth.
A missed dose can be taken as long as a suitable length of time passes before the time of the next dose. Do not take a double dose.
Important information about this medication
Floxin should not be used by people who are allergic to ofloxacin or any other fluoroquinolone antibiotic.
Prior to using Floxin, your doctor will need to know if you are allergic to any food dyes, preservatives or other substances.
Prior to taking Floxin, you must provide your doctor with details of your medical history. This must include medications that you have used, or are using, as well as any dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbal medications.
The full course of Floxin must be completed. If treatment is stopped too soon (even if there is an improvement in the patient’s condition) the bacterial infection may re-occur and can even lead to the bacteria becoming immune to this, and other, medications.
Floxin tablets may harm a fetus so pregnant women should use Floxin with caution. The active ingredient in this medication is secreted into breast milk which means that nursing mothers should use Floxin with extreme caution, and only after discussing the risks with a doctor.
While using Floxin, do not drive or do any dangerous activity to ensure that you do not experience any bad reaction to this medication.
Floxin should be administered to children under the age of 18 years with extreme caution, and in strict accordance with a doctor’s instructions. The safety and efficacy of the otic solution has not been established in children under the age of one year.
What are the side-effects of this medication?
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include breathing problems, swelling (tongue, throat, face or lips), or hives. If any of these symptoms appear, call for medical assistance.
Otic solution: Symptoms of serious side-effects include ear discharge, increased ear pain, or skin rash.
Tablets: Side-effects include headache, dizziness, insomnia, diarrhea, nausea, vaginal itching, or vomiting.
This medication may cause other side-effects not mentioned above. Any uncomfortable symptoms that persist should be reported to your doctor.
If overdose is suspected
In the case of overdose, call for medical assistance.
Floxin should be stored in a dry, cool place – away from moisture or direct sunlight.