1 What is Zymar?

Brand: Zymar, Zymaxid

Generic: Gatifloxacin

Zymar is an antibiotic that is used for the treatment of infections of the eyes like bacterial conjunctivitis. It belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It kills the bacteria that cause conjunctivitis.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription. This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution
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2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Zymar, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them.

Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

Allergies: If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.

Age-specific problems: The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group is not yet available. Its safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 1 years of age. 

The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not been carried out, that would limit the use of this drug in old age group.

Pregnancy: Regarding the safety of usage of this drug during pregnancy, it comes under “C” category, which means that clinical trials on animals have revealed harmful effects to the developing fetus or relevant studies have not been performed.

Drug Interactions: Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand, certain drugs are allowed to be used together.

So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug. 

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco. You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from. 

3 Proper Usage

To use Zymar properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

  • First, clean your hands gently and then tilt your head backwards.
  • Now, push the skin of your lower eyelid with a finger and create a small space between your eyelid and eyeballs. Apply the medicine in this space.
  • Now, leave the lower eyelid and close your eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, use another drop.

Avoid wearing contact lenses during treatment. To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed.

To avoid adverse effects, this drug should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.

Missed Dose. Do not miss any dose. The dose of this drug varies according to the condition of each person. The number of doses per day, the time interval between the doses and the length of time you have to take the medicine depends on your condition individually and all these factors should only be determined by your healthcare provider.

Follow each and every instruction of your doctor and also read the label carefully. In case you miss one dose of this drug, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your subsequent dose, you can then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

Storage. This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light, and moisture. Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Zymar, there are some precautions you must take. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after a week’s use of Zymar.

Stop the drug immediately, if you feel any rash, itching or burning sensation around the skin of the eye. It may be a manifestation of an allergic reaction. Avoid wearing contact lens while using this medication.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Zymar. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with following side effects:

  • Decrease in vision
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye redness
  • Eye pain
  • Bloody eyeBlurred vision
  • Swelling of conjunctiva (the membrane covering the white part of the eye)
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • Itching eyes
  • Stringy mucus secretions
  • Watering eyes
  • Headache
  • Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • Change in taste
  • Dry eye

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this medication. Also contact your health care professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug. If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor.