The antibiotic norfloxacin belongs to the fluoroquinolone family. Bacteria sensitive to the medicine are killed.
Generic Name: Norfloxacin Tablets (nor-FLOX-a-sin).
Brand Names: Noroxin, Norflox.
Infections caused by bacteria can be treated by this medicine.
How to use
Usually taken twice daily, this medicine should be taken at least an hour before or at least two hours after a meal or dairy product (e.g., milk, yogurt). It is important to drink plenty of fluids when taking this medication, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You will be prescribed a dose based on your medical condition.
If you are taking magnesium, aluminum, or calcium products, take this medicine two hours prior to or two hours after taking those products. There are several examples of quinapril: didanosine (chewable tablets and pediatric gels), vitamins and minerals, and antacids. Also included are calcium juices, sucralfate, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc. Noroxin is hindered from being absorbed completely by these products.
Keeping the concentration of antibiotics constant in the body is the key to ensuring that they work efficiently. Thus, once every two hours is the best time to take this medicine. Even if the symptoms disappear after a few days, you should still take this medicine until the prescribed amount is finished. Leaving this medicine too soon may mean that the bacteria will continue to grow, leading to a relapse of the infection. If you suspect your condition is getting worse, contact your doctor.
Drugs and Class Mechanism
Quinolones are a class of drugs that includes Noroxin. Bacteria are prevented from growing with it. This antibiotic is only effective against bacterial infections. Infections caused by viruses (e.g., common cold, flu) can’t be treated by this formula. Antibiotics can be less effective if used unnecessarily or excessively.
Noroxin should be taken as soon as possible if you miss a dose. Do not take a missed dose if your next dose is close to the next one. Taking two doses at once is not recommended.
A room temperature of 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) is recommended. Temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) are appropriate for short-term storage. You should not store it in the bathroom. Children and pets should not be allowed to access medicines.
Warnings and Cautions
Before taking noroxin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, to other quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin, moxifloxacin, or ofloxacin, or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: seizures, brain disorders (such as cerebral arteriosclerosis, tumors, increased intracranial pressure), muscle disease/weakness (such as myasthenia gravis), heart problems (e.g., low heart rate cardiomyopathy, torsades de pointes, QTc interval prolongation), kidney disease, mineral imbalance (e.g., low potassium or magnesium levels), history of tendonitis and tendon problems.
Possible side effects
Nausea, headache, stomach upset, weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, or drowsiness. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of these side effects. This medicine was prescribed by your doctor since its benefits outweigh its side effects.
There are a few serious side effects associated with this medicine.
This medicine should not be shared. As a result of your current condition, this medication has been prescribed for you. If your doctor directs you to use it later for another infection, do not use it. Those cases may require different medications. To monitor your progress or to check for side effects, periodic laboratory and medical tests (e.g. kidney function tests, blood counts, cultures) may be performed. More details can be obtained from your physician.