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Gatifloxacin is used to treat eye infections such as bacterial conjunctivitis. You should not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. You should avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to other quinolones. It is also used to treat lung infections such as community-acquired pneumonia, and bronchitis. Use with caution in the elderly population as it increases the risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Gatifloxacin?

If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take gatifloxacin with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

Gatifloxacin Ophthalmic Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  • eye swelling, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of a new infection); or
  • any new or worsening eye problems.
  • Common side effects may include:
  • mild itching, burning, redness, or irritation;
  • watery eyes; or
  • puffy eyelids.


The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose. Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.


Warnings for special population

  • Pregnancy - Use of this medicine is not recommended for pregnant women. Use only if clearly needed under the supervision of a doctor.
  • Breast-feeding - Use of this medicine is not recommended in women who are breastfeeding due to the adverse effect on the development of the infant's joints. Use only if clearly needed under the supervision of the doctor. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea, diaper rash is necessary.
  • Drug-resistance - Usage of Gatifloxacin without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that is drug resistant.
  • Contact lenses - Do not wear contact lenses while you are taking Gatifloxacin eye drops or having bacterial conjunctivitis.
  • Pediatric use - The safety and efficacy of tablet and intravenous forms of this medicines is not established in children less than 18 years.
  • Elderly population - Use with caution in the elderly population with impaired kidney function and diabetes.

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