Norfloxacin

Other Names: Noroxin

Why is this drug prescribed?
Norfloxacin eliminates bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.

When should it be used?
Norfloxacin is usually taken twice a day, for seven to 10 days or longer. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand.

How should it be used?
Norfloxacin 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, at least one hour before or two hours after meals. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling 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. Norfloxacin can cause dizziness or 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 two hours of taking norfloxacin.

What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it, but if you remember a missed dose near the time you are to take the next dose, take only the scheduled dose. Do not take a double 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 the effects of norfloxacin.

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

  • Nausea, abdominal pain, indigestion, constipation, gas, heartburn
    Take this medication with crackers or a light snack. If these effects persist, contact us.
  • Headache, dizziness, fatigue, depression, or sleep disturbances
    Contact us if the effects are severe or persistent.
  • Rash
    Stop taking norfloxacin and contact us.

What other precautions should I follow while using this drug?
Tell us what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially theophylline, antacids and anti-infective medications. Before taking norfloxacin, tell us if you have epilepsy or kidney disease. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should inform their doctors. Do not allow anyone else, especially a child, to take your medication.

What storage conditions are necessary for this drug?
Keep this medication in its original container, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature.