Nadifloxacin - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Nadifloxacin: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Nadifloxacin?

Nadifloxacin is a topical antibiotic used to treat skin conditions such as acne and other dermal infections caused by bacteria. This drug belongs to a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics (fluoroquinolones) approved to treat certain bacterial infections. Nadifloxacin inhibits the activity of bacterial enzymes and prevents the synthesis of essential proteins required for bacterial proliferation. Nadifloxacin is meant only for external use.

What are the uses of Nadifloxacin?

Nadifloxacin is mainly prescribed for the treatment of facial acne and bacterial skin infections.

Acne Vulgaris: Nadifloxacin is used to treat symptoms associated with acne vulgaris, such as pimples, redness, tenderness, and blackheads.

Bacterial Skin Infections: Nadifloxacin is used to treat bacterial skin infections such as folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle), boils, impetigo, infected wounds, sycosis vulgaris (a chronic infection in the area of the chin or bearded region), infected atopic dermatitis, wound infections, minor cuts in the skin, and other topical/dermal bacterial infections with susceptible bacterial intervention.

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What are the side effects Nadifloxacin?

Some of the common and typically occurring side effects of Nadifloxacin are:

  • Burning sensation, irritation, itching, dryness, and redness on the application site.
  • Contact dermatitis.
  • Flushing (feeling of warmth in the face).
  • Papules (skin blistering).
  • Increased perspiration (sweating).

Most side effects do not require medical attention and disappear on their own as the body adjusts to the medicine. Side effects of Nadifloxacin are mostly temporary and minor. However, if they persist and become bothersome, consult your doctor.


Frequently Asked Questions about Nadifloxacin

1. How to apply Nadifloxacin Cream?

Nadifloxacin is a topical cream applied only on the outer layer of the skin and not on the mucosa. Before using Nadifloxacin cream, clean and pat dry the affected area. Gently massage the cream into the skin. Do not apply it on open wounds. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching the cream. Use it with caution around the eyes. If it gets into the eye, wash the eye with water immediately.

2. Can we use nadifloxacin cream on a 1 month old baby?

Since the safety of Nadifloxacin in children younger than 14 years has not been established yet, therefore use of Nadifloxacin cream on infants is not recommended. This cream must be kept out of children’s reach in a safe place.

3. Is Nadifloxacin effective for acne?

Nadifloxacin is an antibiotic from a class of fluoroquinolone. Nadifloxacin is effective, safe, and tolerable for mild to moderate facial acne and acne vulgaris. It acts on the lesions by inhibiting the activity of a bacterial enzyme, DNA-gyrase. The drug prohibits bacterial cells from proliferating and arrests the spread of infection.

4. Is Nadifloxacin safe?

Nadifloxacin, 1% cream, is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated topical treatment for mild to moderate acne patients. After Nadifloxacin treatment, histopathological changes are well correlated with clinical outcomes. Several studies report that Nadifloxacin can be used as a safe and effective treatment for managing mild to moderate facial acne and other bacterial skin infections.

5. Is Nadifloxacin a steroid?

No, Nadifloxacin is not a steroid. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic belonging to the class of fluoroquinolone. It works by inhibiting the enzyme DNA-gyrase which is responsible for bacterial synthesis and replication. In some formulations, it does come in combination with a steroid (Clobetasol), but in itself, Nadifloxacin is not a steroid.

6. How strong is nadifloxacin?

Nadifloxacin is a potent and strong antibacterial. It works efficiently in clearing the bacterial growth in acne vulgaris and other skin infections. It strongly inhibits the synthesis and replication of bacteria in facial acne and other infected skin conditions such as folliculitis and impetigo.

7. Is Nadifloxacin Approved For Acne?

Nadifloxacin, a new generation fluoroquinolone, is approved to treat propionibacterium acne and other bacterial skin conditions in India, Germany, Spain, China, Japan, and Italy, among other countries.
Nadifloxacin exhibits broad-spectrum activity against Gram-positive, Gram-negative, and anaerobic bacteria. Hence, in some countries like India and Japan, it is also approved to treat skin infections apart from facial acne.

The above information is only for awareness purposes. It is not a substitute for medical consultation and prescription. Consult our expert for a suitable medical opinion.

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