Q: Q1. What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ofloxacin?
You must inform your doctor if you are suffering from any heart, kidney, liver diseases
If you have myasthenia gravis
If you suffer from diabetes
If you have any joint, muscle, tendon problem
If you have any nerve disorder( peripheral neuropathy)
If you are taking any blood thinners (warfarin or coumarin)
If you have history of convulsions
If there is a family history or personal history of long QT syndrome
Heart rhythm disorders or slow heartbeats
Low level of potassium in the blood
If you have an allergy to ofloxicin or any other drug
Ofloxacin can interact with other drugs hence inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines especially supplements or herbs. Also inform your physician if you are stopping any medicine.
Q: Q2. What should I remember while taking ofloxacin?
Do not take any medicine to stop the diarrhea if you develop watery or bloody diarrhea while taking ofloxacin. Stop the medicine and inform your doctor immediately.
Avoid going out in the sun. Wear a protective covering or use a sunscreen (SPF 30 or 40) to prevent sunburn. Inform your doctor if you experience redness, itching, rash, swelling after exposure to sun. ...
Avoid activities like driving, using heavy machineries while you are taking this drug as it can make you feel dizzy.
Avoid taking the following drugs two hours before or after ofloxacin: didanosine, supplements and antacids that contain calcium, aluminium, iron, zinc, magnesium, milk of magnesia, ulcer medicine sucralfate etc. ...
Avoid live vaccines (like typhoid vaccine) as their effectiveness may be hampered.
Q: Q3. When and how to consume the medicine?
You must take the medicine exactly the way it is prescribed by the physician. Follow the instructions of your doctor and those mentioned on the prescription label.
Do not alter the dose unless recommended by your doctor. Do not take it longer or shorter than advised. Using the drug when not required or if stopped unless advised can make the infection resistant to the antibiotic....
Take the medicine with or without food as advised by you physician
Maintain the time interval between two doses
Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking this drug unless advised otherwise by your physician
For better efficacy take the drug two hours before or after dairy products and those drugs or supplements that make it less effective.