Ofloxacin review

Ofloxacin is an antibiotic from the fluoroquinolone class. It is widely used to treat several bacterial infections including those of the urinary tract, skin, and prostate. It is also used to treat Venereal Disease, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Ofloxacin cannot be effective against flu, cold, or cough. It is also not applicable to be used as treatment for viral diseases. Ofloxacin goes under the brand names Floxin and Tarivid.

Before using an Ofloxacin treatment, you must consult your doctor about the indications and contraindications of the medicine in your case. Allergy against Ofloxacin and its components as well as against other drugs must be established. Doctors would also need to know if their patient is suffering from certain conditions such as kidney disease and epilepsy to provide an effective and safe prescription.

Ofloxacin may cause harm to the fetus and a lactating child. Pregnant and breastfeeding women must talk to their doctor first before using Ofloxacin to ensure safety. This medication is also contraindicated to patients who are 18 years old and below. Ofloxacin may interfere with the process of bone development in young people.

Ofloxacin is in tablet form. It is usually taken orally two times a day for a period between three and ten days. It is important to take Ofloxacin regularly for the prescribed length of time even when your symptoms have improved earlier. Feeling better does not guarantee that all the bacteria are killed. You must ask your doctor if you will need a decrease or increase in dosage at any point.

Taking Ofloxacin may cause dizziness. It is recommended that you take extra care when driving or operating a machine to ensure your safety, especially during the early part of the treatment. Mild episodes of dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, and restlessness are normal side effects of Ofloxacin. Such conditions occur because your system is not familiar to the substance. Your symptoms of side effects must improve after a while otherwise, you will need to consult your doctor. Other warning signs include shortness of breath, unusual tiredness, blood in urine, dark stools, vaginal infection, and seizures or convulsions among others.

Ofloxacin is especially watched out for its damaging effects to the tendon. In fact, new warning labels have been released indicating the possibility of tendon damage, heart attack, nerve damage, and Steven Johnson Syndrome to occur in patients under Ofloxacin treatment.

Tendon rupture was seen occurring to both current and previous users of not just Ofloxacin but of any of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics. A patient’s risk for the adverse reactions of fluoroquinolones is yet to be measured accurately. At present, the medical industry is still not successful in determining the triggers of tendon rupture among Ofloxacin users.

It is important for Ofloxacin users to increase water intake while under medication. This will prevent crystals from forming in the urine. Certain drugs may also create interactions with Ofloxacin. It is better that you take an advice from your doctor whether or not your medicines are safe to be taken along with Ofloxacin. Antacids, ulcer drugs, and several multivitamins must be taken two hours before or after you take Ofloxacin. This is to ensure the efficiency of the antibiotic.

Ofloxacin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of ofloxacin

• Molecular formula of ofloxacin is C17H18FN3O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-cyclopropyl-6-fluoro-4-oxo-7-piperazin-1-yl-quinoline-3-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 331.342 g/mol
Ofloxacin available : 10 ml ophthalmic solution, 10 ml otic solution, 5 ml ophthalmic solution, 5 ml otic solution, 200mg tablets, 300mg tablets, 400mg tablets

Brand name(s): Akilen, Baccidal, Bactocin, Danoflox, Effexin, Exocin, Exocine, Flobacin, Flodemex, Flotavid, Flovid, Floxal, Floxil, Floxin, Floxstat, Fugacin, Inoflox, Kinflocin, Kinoxacin, Liflox, Loxinter, Marfloxacin, Medofloxine, Mergexin, Novecin, Nufafloqo, Obide, Occidal, Ocuflox, Ofcin, Oflin, Oflocee, Oflocet, Oflocin, Oflodal, Oflodex, Oflodura, Oflox, Ofloxin, Ofus, Onexacin, Operan, Orocin, Otonil, Pharflox, Praxin, Puiritol, Qinolon, Qipro, Quinolon, Quotavil, Rilox, Sinflo, Tabrin, Taravid, Tariflox, Tarivid, Telbit, Tructum, Viotisone, Zanocin

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