What is this medicine?
LOMEFLOXACIN (loe me FLOX a sin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other infections.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- exposure to sunlight (work outdoors)
- heart disease or irregular heart rhythm
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to lomefloxacin, other quinolone antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food or on an empty stomach. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- some medicines for irregular heart rhythm
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antacids with aluminum, magnesium
- iron products
- some multivitamins
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or get worse. Make sure you stay well hydrated while taking this medicine. Drink several glasses of fluids a day.
If you are a diabetic monitor your blood sugar carefully. If your blood sugar reading is unusual, stop taking this medicine and call your doctor for advice.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun during treatment with this medicine and for several days after therapy. Avoid direct or indirect sunlight, including exposure through glass and exposure through sunscreens and sunblock, as much as is possible. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you get a reaction from the sun. Take your dose in the evening to the risk of a reaction.
Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.
Avoid taking didanosine, sucralfate and antacids containing magnesium or aluminum within 4 hours before or 2 hours after taking this medicine. Do not take mineral supplements or vitamins with iron or minerals within 2 hours of taking this medicine.