Active Ingredients: Norfloxacin
You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
Common norfloxacin side-effects What can I do if I experience this?
Feeling sick nausea or being sick vomiting, indigestion, tummy abdominal pain Stick to simple foods - avoid rich or spicy meals Diarrhoea Drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids.
If the diarrhoea is severe or continues to be a problem, speak with your pharmacist or doctor for advice Headache Drink plenty of water and ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller.
If the headaches continue, let your doctor know Feeling dizzy Do not drive and do not use tools or machines until you feel well again Rash If this is severe, let your doctor know Important: there are also a number of less common but more serious side-effects which have been associated with norfloxacin.
Speak with your doctor as soon as possible if you experience the following: An allergic-type reaction, such as swelling around your face or mouth, a skin rash, or any difficulty breathing.
Pain or swelling in your joints.
Problems with your vision or with your eyes. How to store norfloxacin Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light. Important information about all medicines Never take more than the prescribed dose.
If you suspect that you or someone else might have taken an overdose of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
If you are having an operation or any dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking. Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines.
Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you. If you have any questions about this medicine, ask your pharmacist. 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. The fluoroquinolones have also been shown to interfere with the metabolism of caffeine and the absorption of levothyroxine.
This might increase the risk of methotrexate toxic reactions. For these reasons, before you start taking norfloxacin it is important that your doctor knows: If you are pregnant, trying for a baby, or breast-feeding.
If you have ever experienced a problem with your tendons after taking another quinolone antibiotic these are called ofloxacin, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin, and nalidixic acid.