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Floxin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Floxin is an antibiotic. Floxin tablets have been used effectively to treat lower respiratory tract infections, including chronic bronchitis and pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases (except syphilis), pelvic inflammatory disease, and infections of the urinary tract, prostate gland, and skin.

Floxin Dosage

  • If you have chronic bronchitis, then the usual dose is 400 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 days, for a total daily dose of 800 milligrams.
  • If you have gonorrhea, then the usual dose is 400 milligrams taken once.

Uses of Floxin

  • It is used to treat outer ear infections and middle ear infections.
  • It may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Floxin

  • Nausea or pain/redness at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: persistent fever, diarrhea, drowsiness, weakness, headache, trouble sleeping, dizziness, chest pain, stomach pain, unusual vaginal discharge/itching.

Warnings and precautions before taking Floxin:

  • Before using this medication, you should tell your doctor your medical history, especially if you have ear problems.
  • Oral and systemic ofloxacin and other similar antibiotics have sometimes caused a severe allergic reaction.
  • It is not known if otic ofloxacin may cause this reaction. However, stop using this medicine and check with your doctor immediately if you notice skin rash or itching, shortness of breath, or swelling of the face or neck .
  • The oral administration of ofloxacin has produced lesions in weight-bearing articular cartilage and lameness in several species of immature animals. Consequently, ofloxacin should not be used in prepubertal patients.
  • Before taking Floxin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
  • Theophylline
  • Probenecid
  • Warfarin
  • Cimetidine
  • Cyclosporine
  • Glipizide
  • Glyburide
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Drug Interaction:-

Do not use other ear products with ofloxacin without consulting your prescriber or health care professional. If you are taking Floxin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Floxin with the following:

  • Antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin
  • Cyclosporine
  • Probenecid
  • Sucralfate
  • Theophylline-containing drugs, such as Theo-Dur
Overdose

Information on overdosage with ofloxacin is limited. One incident of accidental overdosage has been reported. In this case, an adult female received 3 g of ofloxacin i.v. over 45 minutes. A blood sample obtained 15 minutes after the completion of the infusion revealed an ofloxacin level of 39.3 g/mL.

Symptoms of Floxin overdose may include:

  • Disorientation
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Nausea
  • Slurring of speech

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