What is Norfloxacin used for?
Norfloxacin tablet is used for the treatment of bacterial infections.
Norfloxacin eye drops are used for the treatment of bacterial infections of eyes.
Norfloxacin may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Norfloxacin work?
Norfloxacin belongs to the class of drugs called fluoroquinolone antibiotics. This drug acts by inhibiting a bacterial enzyme and arresting the replication of the bacteria. Thus, it relieves bacterial infections.
How to use Norfloxacin?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Use Norfloxacin as prescribed by your doctor.
- Instil Norfloxacin eye drops/eye ointment into the conjunctival sac of the eye. Do not allow the container tip to touch the eye or its surrounding tissue.
- Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take Norfloxacin tablets with or without food.
If you miss a dose of Norfloxacin, use it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Norfloxacin?
Drugs that interact with Norfloxacin tablet/eye drops include the following:
What are the side effects of Norfloxacin?
The following are the side effects of Norfloxacin tablets:
- Stomach pain
The following are the side effects of Norfloxacin eye drops:
- Conjunctival hyperaemia
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while using Norfloxacin?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Norfloxacin or similar drugs.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Norfloxacin tablets.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Norfloxacin causes dizziness or blurred vision.
- Avoid Norfloxacin during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
- Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
- Be cautious while taking Norfloxacin tablets/eyedrops if you have any kidney or liver impairment.
- Keep the medication out of reach of children.
- Avoid exercising if any joint pain or swelling is experienced.
You are advised not to take Norfloxacin if:
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before using Norfloxacin?
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of muscle disorder, kidney, heart or lung transplant, heart rhythm disorders, slow heartbeat, arthritis, seizures, head injury, brain tumour or diabetes.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions about Norfloxacin
- Should I follow any special dietary instructions while taking Norfloxacin?
- How should Norfloxacin be stored?
- Can I take Norfloxacin to treat common cold?
- Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Norfloxacin?
- What are the contraindications of Norfloxacin?
It is advised not to take Norfloxacin tablets along with dairy products as they make the medicine less effective.
Store Norfloxacin tablets/eye drops at room temperature (15 – 30O C). Protect from light, heat, and moisture.
No, Norfloxacin is only prescribed to treat bacterial infections. Please consult your doctor for appropriate medication to treat viral infections, such as common cold and flu.
Yes, it is advised to monitor kidney function, complete blood cell count, blood sugar and blood culture test regularly while taking Norfloxacin.
Norfloxacin is contraindicated in the patients with Myasthenia Gravis.
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