Ofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to stop the spread of infectious bacteria. It is used to treat several bacterial infections like bronchitis, pneumonia, infectious diarrhea, prostatitis, etc.
Let us understand the various aspects of this medicine in detail.
Ofloxacin is used to stop bacterial infections and their growth. It is used to treat infections found in:
It is also found to be effective against Legionnaires' disease, a severe lung infection.
Ofloxacin can be taken after having food or on a semi-empty stomach and should be swallowed with water. It is necessary to take the medicine at the same time every day, or as prescribed. Drinking plenty of fluids is suggested by the doctors when someone is given Ofloxacin. Hydration is necessary to prevent side effects.
Ofloxacin tablets are prescribed for a period ranging from three days to six weeks depending upon the severity of the case. It is better to keep a 12-hour gap between two doses. You will feel better after taking the first dose. But if the symptoms do not show any improvements or show side effects, you should immediately contact your doctor. Take the medicine and finish the course even if you feel better after taking some of it. The bacteria becomes resistant, and infections become recurrent if the medicine course is not completed.
The side effects of ofloxacin are:
Watery stools and maybe with blood
Stomach cramps for months, even after the treatment is complete
Itching and rashes
Swelling or yellowing of the eyes and face
Breathing or swallowing trouble
Frequent urination and sweating
Constantly feeling hungry or thirsty
If you find any of these symptoms, you should immediately consult your doctor.
You should be cautious in the following conditions if you are prescribed Ofloxacin:
Allergic to the medicine or other quinolone/fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin, Gemifloxacin, Levofloxacin, etc.
Taking any other medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.
Taking blood thinners like warfarin, antidepressants, antipsychotics, insulin, and other medicines to treat diabetes like glimepiride, chlorpropamide, tolazamide, etc., and anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen
Taking antacids, supplements, and multivitamins with iron and zinc, then take ofloxacin 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking these medicines.
Medical history of heart diseases or prolonged QT intervals
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, or planning to get pregnant
History of diabetes, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) or liver disease
Ofloxacin may make the skin sensitive to sunlight or ultraviolet rays, so, apply sunscreen, wear full-body coverings, wear a hat and protect your skin when going outdoors.
You should take the missed dose as soon as you remember it, but if it is almost time to take the next dose, then continue with the regular schedule and do not take double doses. It is not recommended to take more than two doses a day of ofloxacin.
An overdose of Ofloxacin can result in dizziness, nauseousness, hot and cold flushes, confusion, slurred speech, and numbness and swelling of the face. If there is a seizure or trouble breathing, the patient must be rushed to the nearest hospital. It is always advised to contact your doctor immediately if you overdose on Ofloxacin.
Ofloxacin must be kept in a cool and dry place away from the reach of children. It should be stored in a way to avoid heat, air, light, and moisture.
Following are the medicines that must not be taken along with Ofloxacin to avoid interactions:
If it is necessary to take the above-mentioned or any other medication with Ofloxacin, inform your doctor about the same. They will provide safer alternatives to avoid any complications.
Ofloxacin starts showing results immediately after taking it. And after two days, the patient feels better in the case of most infections. However, you should complete the course of treatment as prescribed by the doctor. For those with prostate infections, it can take up to 6 weeks to clear up the infection completely.
Both belong to the fluoroquinolone family, but Ofloxacin has a longer half-life and higher serum levels when compared to Ciprofloxacin.
Ofloxacin is used to treat skin infections, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, prostate infections, UTIs, pelvic infections in women, gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.
Ciprofloxacin is used to treat bone and joint infections; lung infections; UTI and other kidney infections; sinus, plague, typhoid fever, anthrax, and chronic prostate infections, and diarrhoeal infections.
Ofloxacin is an antibiotic drug and should be used with caution. You need to discuss your prevailing medications and other health conditions beforehand with your doctor. Always follow the doctor’s advice while taking medicines.
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