What is Ofloxacin?
Ofloxacin is a type of medicine called an antibiotic. It is effective against a large number of bacteria. Ofloxacin is absorbed into the bloodstream and deposited in the infected tissue and urine to provide short-term relief from symptoms. Ofloxacin is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Ofloxacin used for?
Ofloxacin is effective against a large number of bacteria and is used to treat many different types of infections, including:
- Infections of the airways (pneumonia, bronchitis);
- Bladder infection and other infections of the urinary tract;
- Gastrointestinal infections;
- STDs such as gonorrhoea;
- Inflammation of the cervix.
The active ingredient, ofloxacin works by killing the bacteria that are causing an infection. By doing so, it provides relief from inflammatory responses such as pain and fever.
How to use Ofloxacin
Ofloxacin tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not take this medicine in combination with dairy products or antacids: these products could make Ofloxacin less effective. The length of the course is determined by the doctor and may vary from a few days to ten days or longer. Always finish the entire course. If you stop taking an antibiotic part way through a course, it is likely that not all bacteria in your system will be killed, which can cause the infection to return.
Unless otherwise prescribed a doctor, the usual dose in adults for most infections is:
- 200 to 400 mg once a day for as long as the doctor prescribes.
Ofloxacin is not suitable for use in children and adolescents. Always follow the prescription exactly – never take more or less than the doctor recommends. Read the package leaflet before use.
Ofloxacin may cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea);
- Dizziness or drowsiness;
- Pins and needles or numb sensations in limbs;
- Eye irritation;
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light: avoid exposure to direct sunlight and sunbeds.
For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet. Always consult a doctor if the side effects are persistent or severe.
When not to use Ofloxacin
Ofloxacin is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to ofloxacin, other fluoroquinolone antibiotics or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You suffer from or are prone to epilepsy;
- You have a history of tendon disorders caused by previous treatment with a fluoroquinolone-type antibiotic.
Use caution if you have a heart disease, muscle disorder or other serious ailment. Do not use this medicine without consulting a doctor first. You should also inform the doctor of any other medicines you are taking when you order to avoid potential interactions with Ofloxacin.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery until these side effects have worn off.
Limit or stop drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects.