Maxaquin

OTHER NAME: Lomefloxacin

Why is this drug prescribed?
Maxaquin is an antibiotic used to eliminate bacteria that cause a number of different kinds of infections, including urinary tract infections.

When should it be used?
Maxaquin, in adult dosage, is usually taken once a day, 400 milligrams, for three to 14 days or longer. Follow the instructions on your prescription label, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand. Maxaquin should be taken at least one hour before or two hours after meals.

How should it be used?
Maxaquin comes in tablets. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. Take this medication with a full glass of water on an empty stomach. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about your prescription.

What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
Take all the medication prescribed, even after you begin to feel better. Failure to do so could allow the infection to return. If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if you still have signs of infection after taking all your medication, contact your doctor. Maxaquin can cause dizziness and lightheadedness. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you. You may have urine tests to determine whether the infection is cured. Keep all appointments with us and the laboratory.

What special dietary instructions should I follow while using this drug?
Drink at least eight full glasses of water or other liquids every day. Do not take antacids within four hours of taking Maxaquin. Avoid consuming large amounts of coffee, tea, and other caffeine-containing drinks or drugs (many over-the-counter drugs contain caffeine) while taking Maxaquin. Maxaquin can make you more susceptible to the nervousness, insomnia, palpitations, and anxiety caused by excessive amounts of caffeine.

What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
It is important to take all doses of this medication on schedule, especially during the first few days of treatment, so that bacteria do not become resistant to Maxaquin. Try to take Maxaquin at the same time that you do some other regular activity, such as brushing your teeth in the morning and going to bed at night. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about a missed dose.

What side effects can this drug cause? What can I do about them?

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or discomfort
    Take this medication with a light snack or meals.
  • Headache, restlessness
    Contact your doctor if these effects are severe or persist.
  • Skin rash
    Stop taking Maxaquin and Contact us immediately.
Side effects from Maxaquin are not common, but you should be aware that they can occur.

What other precautions should I follow while using this drug?
Women who are pregnant, think they may be pregnant, or are breast-feeding a baby should inform their doctors. Maxaquin should not be taken during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this drug, stop taking it and contact your doctor. Before taking Maxaquin, tell your doctor what other prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially Theophylline, antacids and other anti-infective medications. Some people become very sensitive to sun exposure when taking Maxaquin. If you are going to be exposed to a significant amount of sun, use sunscreen or wear protection. Before taking Maxaquin, tell us if you have epilepsy or kidney disease. Do not allow anyone else, especially a child, to take your medication.