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Norfloxacin Oral tablet

It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections

Generic Name: norfloxacin  |  Brand Name: Noroxin

Brand Names: Noroxin

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

  • Fluoroquinolones, including norfloxacin, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all age groups. This risk is further increased in older adults (usually those >60 years of age), individuals receiving concomitant corticosteroids, and kidney, heart, or lung transplant recipients. (See Tendinopathy and Tendon Rupture under Cautions.)

REMS:

FDA approved a REMS for norfloxacin to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. The REMS may apply to one or more preparations of norfloxacin and consists of the following: medication guide. See the FDA REMS page ([Web]) or the ASHP REMS Resource Center ([Web]).

What is this medicine?

NORFLOXACIN (nor FLOX a sin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-bone problems
-cerebral disease
-glucose-6- phosphate dehydrogenase related disorder
-joint problems
-irregular heartbeat
-kidney disease
-myasthenia gravis
-seizure disorder
-tendon problems
-an unusual or allergic reaction to norfloxacin, other quinolone antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, milk and/or other dairy products. Do not take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • pimozide
  • some medications for irregular heart rhythm

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antacids with aluminum, magnesium
  • caffeine
  • cyclosporine
  • didanosine buffered tablets or solution
  • digoxin
  • erythromycin
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for diabetes
  • nitrofurantoin
  • probenecid
  • some medicines for pain and swelling like ibuprofen, naproxen
  • sucralfate
  • theophylline
  • tizanidine
  • vitamins with iron or zinc
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or get worse. Make sure you stay well hydrated while taking this medicine. Drink several glasses of fluids a day.

If you are a diabetic monitor your blood sugar carefully. If your blood sugar reading is unusual, stop taking this medicine and call your doctor for advice.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.

Avoid taking didanosine, sucralfate, antacids, or iron or zinc products within 2 hours of taking this medicine.


Last Updated: January 04, 2013
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