Ofloxacin fights bacteria in the body and is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This medicine is mainly used for treating bacterial infections of the lungs, skin, prostate as well as urinary tract. It is also effective in treating pelvic inflammatory disease, chlamydia and gonorrhea. This medicine should be given only for infections that cannot be treated with a safer antibiotic.
Ofloxacin for ears is used for treating outer ear infections as well as middle ear infections by stopping the growth of bacteria. Ofloxacin for eyes is helpful in treating bacterial infections of the eye including conjunctivitis also known as pink eye and ulcers of the cornea. It works very effectively by killing the bacterial cells that cause infection. Ofloxacin also used for treating different other infections such as stomach infection. This medicine does not work for viral infections like flu and common cold. Using an antibiotic when not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
Before you start taking this medicine and each time you get a refill, read the medication guide which is provided by your doctor or pharmacist. This medicine is taken with water and with or without food at the same time each day. When you intake this medicine, remember to drink extra fluids in order to keep your kidneys working properly.
Even if the symptoms improve quickly, ofloxacin needs to be used for full prescribed length of time. Take this medicine twice a day after every 12 hours. Therefore, the length as well as dosage of treatment depends upon your medical condition and also response to treatment. Ask your doctor about the other products you take.
If you want to have best effect, make sure that you take this medicine at evenly spaced times. The infection can return if stop the medication too early. Therefore, if you find that your condition worsens or persists then inform your doctor immediately. Do not share this medication with another person even if he possesses the same symptoms as yours.
In case you miss to take the medicine then take it as soon as possible, but if it is almost the time for your next dose then don’t take the two doses at one time.
Ofloxacin side effects
In case you find the signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty in breathing, swelling in your face or a severe skin reaction like skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads as well as causes peeling and blistering that immediately get the emergency medical help.
Ofloxacin can often have very serious side effects like tendon problems, effects on your nerves, low blood sugar as well as serious behavior or mood changes.
If you find below stated symptoms then stop taking this medicine and call your doctor once:
- Low blood sugar resulting in sweating, headache, fast heart rate, feeling shaky, nausea as well as dizziness.
- Nerve symptoms in your arms, legs, feet or hands cause tingling, burning pain, weakness or numbness.
- If you start feeling confusion, nervousness, hallucinations, memory problems, trouble in concentrating or start having thoughts of suicide.
- If you discover signs of tendon rupture such as swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, movement problems, sudden pain, snapping or popping sound in any of your joints.
- There are many rare cases when this medicine can lead to damage your aorta which is the main artery of your blood. Damage of this artery can also lead to dangerous bleeding or even death. Call your doctor immediately if you find constant and severe pain in your chest, back and stomach.
You also need to stop using ofloxacin and call your doctor immediately if you have:
- Acute pain in your stomach or diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
- If you find pounding or fast heartbeats, difficulty in breathing, sudden dizziness or fluttering in your chest.
- Little or no urination, weakness in muscles, increase pressure inside the skull which leads to headache, vision problems ringing in your ears as well as pain behind your eyes.
- Certain liver problems like loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice, clay-colored stools or upper stomach pain.
- If there is any change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms, then contact your doctor. Though this is not the complete list of possible side effects if you find any other side effects apart from all this contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Inform your doctor, if you are allergic to this medicine or other antibiotics or also if you are suffering from other allergies, before taking ofloxacin. Before starting this medication, tell your doctor about your entire medical history especially if you have seizure disorder, kidney disease, joint or tendon problems, blood vessel problems, high blood pressure or even if any genetic conditions.
Don’t have any vaccinations or immunizations while using this medicine unless your doctor tells you because ofloxacin can cause live bacterial vaccines not to work well.
This medication can make you more sensitive to the sun so always wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outdoors.
Make a list of all the products you use and discuss it with your doctor drug interactions are something that can totally change your how your medication work, while it can also increase the risk for serious side effects. Without the approvals of your doctor don’t stop, change or start the dosage of any medicines.
A total of 418 drugs interact with ofloxacin:
91 major drug interactions
268 moderate drug interactions
59 minor drug interactions
MOA (Mechanism of Action)
Ofloxacin is one of the quinolone antimicrobial agents. It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. This medicine is capable of treating wide number of bacterial infections but remember that it does not work for viral infections.
Discontinue the drug immediately and also avoid use of systematic fluoroquinolones in patients who find peripheral neuropathy and central nervous system effects or adverse reactions. Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients present in this drug.
Keep out of the reach of children and also direct sunlight.
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