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Ofloxacin intraven.
OFLOXACIN - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

OFLOXACIN - INJECTION

(oh-FLOX-uh-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Floxin

Uses

This medication is a quinolone antibiotic and is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.

How To Use

This medication is given by vein (IV) over at least 6 minutes, generally twice daily or as directed by your doctor. The dose and duration of therapy depend on your condition and response to therapy. Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication, if so directed. If you are unable to take fluids by mouth, you will be given fluids through a vein, as directed by your doctor. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. This is done by giving you the medication at evenly spaced intervals. You should continue to use antibiotic medication until the full-prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, resulting in a relapse of the infection. Follow all instructions for proper dilution, if necessary, with the correct IV fluids. Ask your pharmacist for details. This medication should be checked visually for particles or discoloration before use. If present, do not use the liquid.

Side Effects

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. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these very unlikely but serious side effects: unusual bleeding or bruising, sunburn (sun sensitivity), mental/mood changes, restlessness, joint pain or redness, vision changes, irregular pulse, seizures, change in amount of urine, yellowing eyes/skin. This medication may infrequently cause swelling or rupture of a tendon. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience tendon/muscle pain, especially in your shoulder, hand or heel. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies (especially to quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin), kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, seizures, tendon problems (e.g., tendonitis, bursitis), brain disorders (e.g., cerebral arteriosclerosis, tumors or increased intracranial pressure). This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Patients with diabetes may experience changes in blood glucose levels due to infection or use of this medication. Monitor your blood glucose frequently while using this medication and notify your doctor if you experience symptoms of high or low blood sugar. This medication should be used with caution in children less than 18 years of age. This medication may cause joint or bone problems in young children. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this drug. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: medications for diabetes (e.g., glyburide, insulin), theophylline, foscarnet, procainamide, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), other antibiotics, NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen). Also report any drugs causing drowsiness, such as: medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants, drowsiness-causing antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, seizures, and lack of feeling alert.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor immediately to establish a new dosing schedule.

Storage

Store vials at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Consult your pharmacist for details about storage and stability of the drug after mixing with correct IV fluids. Discard any unused liquid.