Active Ingredient: Norfloxacin
Even if you feel your infection has cleared up, keep taking the antibiotic until the course is finished unless you are told to stop by your doctor. This is to prevent the infection from coming back.
If you have a long-term chronic infection, your course of treatment will be for longer than this, possibly for 1-3 months. If you still feel unwell after finishing the course of tablets, go back to see your doctor.
Getting the most from your treatment Remember to keep any routine appointments with your doctor.
This is so your progress can be monitored. Protect your skin by using a sunscreen, particularly if you are exposed to strong sunlight for a prolonged period of time.
Do not use sunbeds. If you buy any medicines check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with this antibiotic.
In particular, do not take painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, while you are taking norfloxacin.
Some people develop thrush redness and itching in the mouth or vagina after taking a course of antibiotics. If you think you have thrush, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If you are having any vaccinations, make sure the person treating you knows that you are taking this medicine.
Make sure your reactions are normal before you drive, operate machinery or do any other jobs which could be dangerous if you are not sufficiently alert.
Among these, tendon problems and exacerbation of the symptoms of the neurological disorder myasthenia gravis are the subject of "black box" warnings in the United States. Younger people typically experience good recovery, but permanent disability is possible, and is more likely in older patients.
Simultaneous use of corticosteroids is present in almost one-third of quinolone-associated tendon rupture.
Fluoroquinoline treatment is associated with risk that is similar to or less than that associated with broad spectrum cephalosporins. Therefore, cyclosporine serum levels should be monitored and appropriate cyclosporine dosage adjustments made when these drugs are used concomitantly.
Medications Some quinolones exert an inhibitory effect on the cytochrome P-450 system, thereby reducing theophylline clearance and increasing theophylline blood levels. Additionally other fluoroquinolones, especially enoxacin, and to a lesser extent ciprofloxacin and pefloxacin, also inhibit the metabolic clearance of theophylline.
As such, these drug interactions involving the fluoroquinolones appear to be drug specific rather than a class effect. Stop treatment and contact your doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of liver problems such as loss of appetite, jaundice, dark urine, itching or sensitivity to pressure in the abdominal cavity.
If you develop the rare side effect of severe and persistent diarrhoea whilst you are taking your tablets or after stopping your tablets you should consult your doctor.
In rare cases seizures occur. If fits occur, stop taking this medicine.