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Noroxin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- What are the possible side effects of norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- How should I take norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Noroxin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Noroxin)?
- What should I avoid while taking norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- What other drugs will affect norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
You should not use norfloxacin if:
- you have a history of myasthenia gravis;
- you have ever had swelling or tearing of a tendon caused by taking norfloxacin or similar antibiotics; or
- you are allergic to norfloxacin or similar medications such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), and others.
Norfloxacin may cause swelling or tearing of a tendon (the fiber that connects bones to muscles in the body), especially in the Achilles' tendon of the heel. These effects may be more likely to occur if you are over 60, if you take steroid medication, or if you have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.
To make sure you can safely take norfloxacin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- a condition called pseudotumor cerebri (high pressure inside the skull that may cause headaches, vision loss, or other symptoms);
- heart rhythm disorder, especially if you take quinidine (Quin-G), disopyramide (Norpace), bretylium (Bretylol), procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan SR), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), or sotalol (Betapace);
- a history of allergic reaction to an antibiotic;
- muscle weakness or trouble breathing;
- joint problems;
- kidney or liver disease;
- epilepsy or a history of seizures;
- low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or
- a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether norfloxacin 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 norfloxacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using norfloxacin.
Do not share this medication with another person (especially a child), even if they have the same symptoms you do.
How should I take norfloxacin (Noroxin)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take norfloxacin with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day to prevent crystals from forming in the urine.
Take norfloxacin on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating a meal, drinking milk, or eating a dairy product such as yogurt or cheese.
If you are being treated for gonorrhea, your doctor may also have you tested for syphilis, another sexually transmitted disease.
Take 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. Norfloxacin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Additional Noroxin Information
- Noroxin Drug Interactions Center: norfloxacin oral
- Noroxin Side Effects Center
- Noroxin Overview including Precautions
- Noroxin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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