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Maxaquin Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lomefloxacin (Maxaquin)?

Before taking lomefloxacin, tell your doctor if you have

  • kidney disease; or
  • seizures or epilepsy.

You may not be able to take lomefloxacin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

Lomefloxacin in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether lomefloxacin will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether lomefloxacin passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Lomefloxacin is not approved for use by children younger than 12 years of age. Lomefloxacin may interfere with bone development.

How should I take lomefloxacin (Maxaquin)?

Take lomefloxacin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take lomefloxacin with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day to prevent lomefloxacin crystals from forming in the urine.

You can take lomefloxacin with or without food.

Lomefloxacin is usually taken once a day. Taking lomefloxacin in the evening may reduce the risk of increased skin sensitivity to sunlight. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Do not take antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum (e.g., Tums or Rolaids), the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate), or vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron or zinc for a minimum of 2 hours before or 2 hours after a dose of lomefloxacin. Taking antacids, sucralfate, or vitamin or mineral supplements too close to a dose of lomefloxacin can greatly decrease the effects of the antibiotic.

Take all of the lomefloxacin that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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