Noroxin is a quinolone antibiotic used for the treatment of certain bacterial infections in many different parts of the body.
The symptoms of syphilis may be masked or delayed by this drug but it is not effective against syphilis infections.
This drug kills bacteria by inhibiting their DNA synthesis. This drug is not effective against viral infections. This drug requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Noroxin, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.
Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of norfloxacin have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established. Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated geriatric-specific any problems that would limit the utility of norfloxacin.
Adjustments in the dose of the elderly may be required since they are more likely to have age-related heart or kidney problems, or develop severe tendon problems. Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.
Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as:
To use Noroxin properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional.
The tablet must be swallowed with a glass of water. It is recommended to increase fluid intake while taking this drug to prevent some of its unwanted effects.
This drug should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, milk, or other dairy products. It is recommended to take aluminum or magnesium-containing antacids, iron supplements, multivitamins, Didanosine (VidexВ®), sucralfate (CarafateВ®), or zinc at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking norfloxacin as these drugs may keep norfloxacin from working properly.
It is recommended to avoid caffeine-containing products while you are using this drug to prevent any prolonged effects of caffeine in your body.
This drug must be used for the full treatment time to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any relapses. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.
The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug. Adults with infections are given 400 milligrams every twelve hours for 3 to 21 days, depending on the medical problem being treated.
Prostatitis is usually treated for 28 days. Gonorrhea is usually treated with a single oral dose of 800 mg. Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Noroxin, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. Unwanted effects can be screened using blood and urine tests.
Check with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve, or if they become worse within a few days. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis such as rash, itching, hives, hoarseness, trouble with breathing, trouble with swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after you receive this drug.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have symptoms of serious skin reactions such as blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you are using this drug.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have symptoms of a liver problem such as:
This drug can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, or reduced alertness. Be careful in taking this drug before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Norfloxacin may cause diarrhea which may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this drug. Check with your healthcare professional before you take any drug to treat diarrhea as these may make the diarrhea worse or make it last longer.
Seek advice from your healthcare professional if you have any questions about this or if mild diarrhea continues or gets worse.
Inform your healthcare professional immediately if you start having symptoms of peripheral neuropathy such as:
Burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
This drug may rarely cause inflammation or even tearing of a tendon, especially if you are over 60 years of age, using steroid drugs if you have severe kidney problems, a history of tendon problems, or if you have received an organ transplant.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you get sudden pain or swelling in a tendon after exercise. It is recommended to limit yourself from exercise until your healthcare professional has cleared you.
This drug may increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Severe sunburn, or skin rash, redness, itching, or discoloration has been associated with exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods of time. It is recommended to stay out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and wear protective clothing and apply a sun block product that has a sun protection factor of at least 15.
Consult with your healthcare professional before taking any other prescription or nonprescription drugs, and herbal or vitamin supplements.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Noroxin. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.
Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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