Noroxin (Norfloxacin) Dosage and Side Effects
NOROXIN is used to treat different bacterial infections of the prostate or urinary tract (bladder and kidneys). NOROXIN is also used to treat gonorrhea.
Proper Use of this medication
NOROXIN is usually taken every 12 hours. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day while you are taking NOROXIN.
Take NOROXIN on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating a meal, drinking milk, or eating a dairy product such as yogurt.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. NOROXIN will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
If you are being treated for gonorrhea, your doctor may also have you tested for syphilis, another sexually transmitted disease.
Do not share this medication with another person (especially a child), even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
NOROXIN may cause swelling or tearing of (rupture) a tendon. NOROXIN can also have serious effects on your nerves, and may cause permanent nerve damage. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- signs of tendon rupture--sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, movement problems, or a snapping or popping sound in any of your joints (rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions); or
- nerve symptoms--numbness, tingling, burning pain, or being more sensitive to temperature, light touch, or the sense of your body position.
Stop using NOROXIN and call your doctor at once if you have:
- headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
- dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- muscle weakness or trouble breathing;
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
- sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores, easy bruising or bleeding;
- depression, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, tremors, feeling restless or anxious, unusual thoughts or behavior, insomnia, nightmares;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- increased pressure inside the skull-- severe headaches, ringing in your ears, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, pain behind your eyes.
Common side effects may include:
- nausea, heartburn, stomach cramps, mild diarrhea;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- mild dizziness; or
- mild headache.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
You may not be able to use NOROXIN if you have a muscle disorder. Tell your doctor if you have a history of myasthenia gravis.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to NOROXIN, or if:
- you have ever had swelling or tearing of a tendon caused by taking NOROXIN or similar antibiotics; or
- you are allergic to other fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin, and others).
To make sure NOROXIN is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- a heart rhythm disorder, especially if you take medication to treat it;
- slow heartbeats, or a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;
- tendon problems, arthritis or other joint problems;
- a muscle or nerve disorder;
- kidney or liver disease;
- seizures or epilepsy;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- a history of allergic reaction to an antibiotic;
- diabetes (especially if you take oral diabetes medication);
- low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or
- if you use a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin) and have "INR" or prothrombin time tests.
It is not known whether NOROXIN will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether NOROXIN passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Interactions with this medication
You may be taking certain other medicines that should not be taken at the same time as NOROXIN. Avoid taking the following medicines within 2 hours before or after you take NOROXIN. These other medicines can make NOROXIN 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 NOROXIN with dairy products such as milk or yogurt. They could make the medication less effective.
Avoid caffeine while you are taking NOROXIN, because the medication can make the effects of caffeine stronger.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. NOROXIN 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.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking NOROXIN and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
NOROXIN may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with NOROXIN, especially:
- cisapride, cyclosporine, erythromycin, nitrofurantoin, probenecid, ropinirole, tacrine, theophylline, tizanidine;
- a diuretic or "water pill";
- heart rhythm medication--amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, and others;
- medicine to treat depression or mental illness--amitriptylline, clomipramine, clozapine, desipramine, duloxetine, iloperidone, imipramine, nortriptyline, thioridazine, ziprasidone, and others; or
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with NOROXIN, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.