Ofloxacin  - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Ofloxacin : Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is ofloxacin?

Ofloxacin belongs to a class of medications called quinolone antibiotics. It works by killing the infection-causing bacteria.

Ofloxacin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection, bronchitis, cellulitis, prostatitis, infectious diarrhea, etc. It does not work for viral infections such as the common cold or flu. Ofloxacin may cause problems with bones, joints, and tissues in children and is not recommended for those younger than 18 years of age.

What are the uses of ofloxacin?

Ofloxacin uses include the treatment of bacterial infections of the lungs, kidneys, bladder, skin, prostate, reproductive organs, etc. It is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that works by preventing further growth and replication of bacteria. Ofloxacin is also effective against Legionnaires’ disease (a type of severe lung infection), sexually transmitted diseases, infections of the bones and joints, and stomach and intestines.

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What are the side effects of ofloxacin?

The side effects of Ofloxacin include fatigue, fever, constipation, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dryness of your mouth, and pale skin. It may also cause severe diarrhea, resulting in watery or bloody stools with or without fever, and stomach cramps that may continue for more than two months after your treatment.

Rashes, itching, blistering of the skin (especially vaginal area), swelling or yellowing of the eyes, face, hoarseness of voice, difficulty in breathing or swallowing, cough, extreme thirst or hunger, tremors, fluttering heartbeat, sweating, and frequent urination are other side effects. Call your doctor if these symptoms persist.


Frequently Asked Questions about Ofloxacin

1. Who should not take ofloxacin?

Ofloxacin belongs to the class of medicines known as quinolone antibiotics. It is effective for the treatment of bacterial infections. This medicine may cause problems with bones, joints, and tissues in children and is therefore not recommended to those younger than 18 years of age.

Ofloxacin may cause serious side effects, including tendon problems (a tendon is a fiber that connects bones to muscles in the body), nerve damage, changes in mood or behavior, low blood sugar levels, etc. Hence caution is advised to those with pre-existing health problems before taking this medicine to avoid further worsening of the condition.

2. Should ofloxacin be taken with food?

Ofloxacin is an antibiotic that is effective in the treatment of bacterial infections. This medicine may be taken with or without food, preferably at the same time every day. Doctors recommend drinking plenty of fluids while on this medication, as hydration helps prevent unwanted side effects of this medicine.

3. Is ofloxacin safe for kidneys?

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Ofloxacin are not nephrotoxic, meaning they are not known to cause kidney damage and do not increase the risk of kidney failure. However, this medicine may cause problems with bones, joints, and tissues in children and is therefore not recommended to those younger than 18 years of age.

4. Is ofloxacin good for UTI?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of the kidneys, bladder, or urethra, the parts of the urinary system. Ofloxacin, among other conditions, is effective for the treatment of UTIs. It works by preventing further growth and replication of bacteria, thereby treating the infection.

5. Can you take paracetamol with ofloxacin?

There have been no reported cases of interactions between Ofloxacin and Paracetamol. Hence it is safe to take these medicines together. However, it is always recommended to consult a medical expert before taking Ofloxacin with other medicines due to the increased of side effects. Ofloxacin is known to cause side effects such as fatigue, fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps, etc.

6. Can I drink milk with ofloxacin?

The absorption of ofloxacin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, is not impaired by milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. But as a note of precaution, it cannot be given to those under 18 years as it may cause problems with bones, joints, and tissues.

7. Can ofloxacin cause liver damage?

Ofloxacin may increase the risk of liver damage and should be used with caution in people with impaired liver function due to the increased risk of further worsening the condition. Cases of fulminant hepatitis (a type of severe liver impairment in the absence of pre-existing liver problems) have been reported with fluoroquinolones.

8. Can ofloxacin cure typhoid?

Antibiotic therapy is among the only effective treatments for typhoid fever, a bacterial infection that spreads through contaminated food and water and causes symptoms such as high fever, headache, stomach pain, weakness, vomiting, loose stools, etc. Ofloxacin, among other indications, is effective in treating typhoid fever.

9. Does ofloxacin make you sleepy?

Ofloxacin may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and light-headedness. These side effects may affect your mental alertness, and hence it is not recommended to drive vehicles or operate machines if you experience such symptoms after taking this medicine.

10. Can ofloxacin cause anemia?

Anemia (low red blood cell count) is one of the rare side effects of Ofloxacin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial infections. As a precautionary measure, inform your doctor if you have a history of anemia before beginning treatment with this medicine.

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