Active Ingredient: Norfloxacin
Avoid taking the following medicines within 2 hours before or after you take norfloxacin. These other medicines can make norfloxacin much less effective when taken at the same time: antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum such as Maalox, Mylanta, or Rolaids, or the ulcer medicine sucralfate Carafate; didanosine Videx powder or chewable tablets; vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron or zinc.
Do not take norfloxacin with dairy products such as milk or yogurt.
They could make the medication less effective. Avoid caffeine while you are taking norfloxacin, because the medication can make the effects of caffeine stronger. Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds.
Norfloxacin can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher when you are outdoors.
Call your doctor if you have severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after being in the sun.
If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking norfloxacin and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to. 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. Can norfloxacin cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with norfloxacin. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine.
Centers for Disease Control study found patients treated with fluoroquinolones experienced adverse events severe enough to lead to an emergency department visit more frequently than those treated with cephalosporins or macrolides, but less frequently than those treated with penicillins, clindamycin, sulfonamides, or vancomycin.
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.