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Norfloxacin

Norfloxacin

Uses

Norfloxacin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.

How to use Norfloxacin Tablet

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking norfloxacin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice a day (every 12 hours) with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters). Do not have any food or dairy products (such as milk/yogurt) within 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking norfloxacin. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this drug unless your doctor tells you otherwise. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking other products that may make it work less well. Examples include quinapril, sucralfate, vitamins/minerals (including iron, zinc), and products that contain magnesium, aluminum, or calcium (such as antacids, didanosine solution, calcium-enriched juice), among others. Ask your pharmacist about all the products you take.

Warnings

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, myasthenia gravis, G6PD deficiency, or a history of heart rhythm problems (such as QT prolongation) or seizures. Tell your doctor if you have ever had tendon or joint problems, including rheumatoid arthritis, or if you have received a transplant.

This medicine may cause the following problems:

  • Tendinitis or tendon rupture (may happen after treatment ends)
  • Nerve damage in the arms or legs
  • Liver damage
  • Heart rhythm changes

This medicine may make you dizzy or lightheaded. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.

This medicine can cause diarrhea. Call your doctor if the diarrhea becomes severe, does not stop, or is bloody. Do not take any medicine to stop diarrhea until you have talked to your doctor. Diarrhea can occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.

This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

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