Floxin

Floxin (Ofloxicin) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic commonly used in urinary tract infections, including prostatitis and epididymitis. It is also used to treat lung and skin infections and pelvic inflammatory disease in women.

Dosing information for Floxin
Floxin is usually taken twice a day for three to 10 days or longer, depending on severity of infection. Floxin is usually taken in the early morning and early evening. Floxin may be taken with or without food. Try to drink plenty of fluids. If you have any questions contact us or your pharmacist.

Special instructions
If you are using any other prescribed medication you should inform us. Mineral supplements, vitamins with iron or minerals, calcium-aluminum or magnesium-based antacids, or sucralfate should not be taken within the two-hour period before or the two-hour period after taking Floxin. Take all the medicine prescribed even after you begin to feel better. If you have had no signs of improvement within three days or still have signs of infection when the medication is completed, give us a call.

Floxin might cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how Floxin affects you.

What special dietary instructions should I follow while using Floxin?
Drink at least eight glasses of water daily (other liquids are OK; water is best). Do not take antacids (such as Tums, Rolaids or Maalox) within two hours of taking Floxin. Caffeinated beverages are OK.

What side effects can Floxin cause? What can I do about them?

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or discomfort
    Take medication with light snack or meals.
  • Headache, restlessness
    Contact us if these effects are severe or persist.
  • Skin rash
    Stop Floxin immediately and Contact us.
Other side effects can rarely occur with Floxin and any medication. If anything unusual is happening and persisting, let us know.

What other precautions should I follow while using Floxin?
Floxin should not be taken during pregnancy. Inform us if you think you are pregnant. Do not allow children to take this drug. Some patients can be sensitive to the sun and may sunburn easily when taking this medication. Use a hat and sunscreen until the medication is completed.

What if I forget to take a dose?
Try to take medication on schedule, particularly in the beginning. Time dosages with regular activity, such as a meal or brushing teeth. If you miss a dose, don't double up medication. If you are a few hours late, take the medication and resume regular schedule.