LOMEFLOXACIN (loe me 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 infections.
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it 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 you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Avoid taking didanosine, sucralfate, and antacids containing magnesium or aluminum within 4 hours before or 2 hours after taking this medicine. Do not take mineral supplements or vitamins with iron or minerals within 2 hours of taking this medicine.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in hearing
changes in vision
high or low blood sugar (ask your doctor or health care professional for a list of these symptoms)
confusion, depression, agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, tremor
fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling faint
fever, chills, infection
joint, muscle, tendon pain or swelling
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
unusual pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness
vaginal irritation, discharge
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
some medicines for irregular heart rhythm
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antacids with aluminum, magnesium
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.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
exposure to sunlight (work outdoors)
heart disease or irregular heart rhythm
an unusual or allergic reaction to lomefloxacin, other quinolone antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.
Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
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.