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PATIENT INFORMATION

TEQGUIN®

(gatifloxacin)

200 mg and 400 mg Tablets

This section contains important information about TEQUIN (gatifloxacin) that you should read before you begin treatment. This section does not list all the benefits and risks of TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) and does not take the place of discussions with your doctor or healthcare professional about your medical condition or your treatment. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare professional. The medicine described here can only be prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional. Only your healthcare professional can determine if TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) is right for you.

What is TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) ?

TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) (pronounced TEK win) is an antibiotic used to treat lung, sinus, skin, or urinary tract infections, and also to treat certain sexually transmitted diseases caused by germs called bacteria. TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) kills many of the kinds of bacteria that can infect the lungs, sinus, skin, and urinary tract and that cause certain sexually transmitted diseases. TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) has been shown in a large number of clinical trials to be safe and effective for the treatment of bacterial infections.

Sometimes viruses, rather than bacteria, may infect the lungs and sinuses (for example, the common cold). TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) , like all other antibiotics, does not kill viruses.

The sexually transmitted disease called gonorrhea is treated by TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) . Other diseases called syphilis or non-gonococcal disease are not treated by TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) .

You should contact your doctor if you think your condition is not improving while taking TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) . TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) Tablets are white and contain either 200 mg or 400 mg of active drug.

How and when should I take TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) ?

TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) should be taken once a day for 1 to 14 days depending on your prescription. It should be swallowed whole and may be taken with or without food. Try to take the tablet at the same time each day.

You may begin to feel better quickly; however, in order to make sure that all bacteria are killed, you should complete the full course of medication. Do not take more than the prescribed dose of TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) . Try not to miss a dose, but if you do, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dose.

Who should not take TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) ?

You should avoid TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any medicine in the group of antibiotics known as "quinolones" such as CIPRO® (ciprofloxacin) or LEVAQUIN®(levofloxacin).

You should avoid TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) if you have a rare condition known as congenital prolongation of the QTc interval. If any of your family members have this condition, you should inform your healthcare professional.

You should avoid TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) if you are being treated for heart rhythm disturbances with certain medicines such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone, or sotalol. Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking a heart rhythm drug.

You should avoid TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) if you have a condition known as hypokalemia (low blood potassium). Hypokalemia may be caused by medicines called diuretics such as furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide. If you are taking a diuretic you should speak with your healthcare professional.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) , talk to your doctor before taking this medication. TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) is not recommended for use during pregnancy or nursing, as the effects on the unborn child or nursing infant are unknown.

TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) is not recommended for children.

What about other medications I am taking?

It is important to let your healthcare provider know all of the medicines that you are using.

· It is important to let your healthcare provider know if you are taking certain medicines that can have an effect on an electrocardiogram test, such as cisapride, erythromycin, some antidepressants, and some antipsychotic drugs.

· You should tell your healthcare professional if you are taking medicines called diuretics (also sometimes called water pills) such as furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide, because diuretics can sometimes cause low potassium.

· If you have diabetes, it is important to let your healthcare provider know that you have this condition and what medications you are taking for it.

· Many antacids and multivitamins may interfere with the absorption of TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) and may prevent it from working properly. You should take TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) 4 hours before taking these products.

What are the possible side effects of TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) ?

TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects that can occur when taking TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) are usually mild and include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, dizziness, and headache. You should be careful about driving or operating machinery until you are sure TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) does not cause dizziness. If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this section or if you have any question or concerns about the side effects you are experiencing, please discuss them with your healthcare professional.

In a few people, TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) , like some other antibiotics, may produce a small effect on the heart that is seen on an electrocardiogram test. Although this did not cause any problems in patients who took TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) in premarketing clinical trials, in theory, it could result in extremely rare cases of abnormal heartbeat, which may be dangerous. Contact your healthcare professional if you develop heart palpitations (fast beating) or have fainting spells.

Disturbances of blood sugar, including symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), have been reported with TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) in diabetic patients. Elderly patients with additional medical problems or taking additional medications may also be at risk for high blood sugar. If you develop low blood sugar while on TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) , you should take immediate measures to increase your blood sugar, stop taking TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) , and contact your healthcare professional at once. If you develop high blood sugar while on TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) , you should contact your healthcare professional at once before taking additional TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) . If you have diabetes or suspect that you may have diabetes, discuss how to detect changes in your blood sugar with your healthcare professional at once before taking additional TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) .

Where can I get more information about TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) ?

This section is a summary of the most important information about TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) . It does not include everything there is to know about TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) . If you have any questions or problems, you should talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. There is also a leaflet (Package Insert) written for healthcare professionals that your pharmacist can let you read. You may want to read this information and discuss it with your doctor or other healthcare professional. Remember, no written information can replace careful discussion with your doctor.

Remember

· Take your dose of TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) once a day.

· Complete the course of medication (take all of the pills) even if you are feeling better.

· Do not use TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) for another condition or give it to others.

· Store TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) tablets at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.

· Throw away TEQUIN (gatifloxacin (removed from us market - may 2006)) when it is outdated or no longer needed by flushing it down the toilet.

· Keep this and all medications out of reach of children.

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/13/2005
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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