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Norfloxacin Indications

norfloxacin indications

What Is Norfloxacin?

Norfloxacin is an antibiotic in a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones (flor-o-KWIN-o-lones). Norfloxacin fights bacteria in the body.

Norfloxacin is used to treat different bacterial infections of the prostate or urinary tract (bladder and kidneys). Norfloxacin is also used to treat gonorrhea.

Norfloxacin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

You should not use this medication if you have ever had swelling or tearing of a tendon caused by taking norfloxacin or similar antibiotics.

You may not be able to use norfloxacin if you have a muscle disorder. Tell your doctor if you have a history of myasthenia gravis.

Norfloxacin may cause swelling or tearing of a tendon (the fiber that connects bones to muscles in the body), especially in the Achilles' tendon of the heel. This effect may be more likely to occur if you are over 60, if you take steroid medication, or if you have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.

Stop taking norfloxacin and call your doctor at once if you have sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, or movement problems in any of your joints. Rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to norfloxacin, or if:

you have ever had swelling or tearing of a tendon caused by taking norfloxacin or similar antibiotics; or

you are allergic to other fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin, and others).

You may not be able to use norfloxacin if you have a muscle disorder. Tell your doctor if you have a history of myasthenia gravis.

To make sure norfloxacin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

a heart rhythm disorder, especially if you take medication to treat it;

slow heartbeats, or a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;

tendon problems, arthritis or other joint problems;

a muscle or nerve disorder;

kidney or liver disease;

seizures or epilepsy;

a history of head injury or brain tumor;

a history of allergic reaction to an antibiotic;

diabetes (especially if you take oral diabetes medication);

low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or

if you use a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin) and have "INR" or prothrombin time tests.

Side effects

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Heartburn
  • Skin rash

Side Effects of Norfloxacin

Norfloxacin can cause side effects that may be serious. See "Drug Precautions".

The most common side effects of norfloxacin include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • headache
  • stomach (abdominal) cramping
  • weakness
  • changes in certain liver function tests

These are not all the possible side effects of norfloxacin. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Storage

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep container tightly closed.

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