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Tequin Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Tequin)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Tequin)?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of a gatifloxacin overdose may include decreased activity, slowed breathing, vomiting, tremors, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking gatifloxacin (Tequin)?

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Gatifloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Call your doctor if you have severe sunburn, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after exposure to the sun.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.

Gatifloxacin can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

What other drugs will affect gatifloxacin (Tequin)?

Certain medicines or minerals can make gatifloxacin less effective if taken at the same time. If you take any of the following medicines, take them at least 4 hours after you take gatifloxacin:

  • an antacid that contains magnesium or aluminum (such as Amphojel, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, or Rulox);
  • vitamin or mineral supplements that contain zinc, magnesium or iron; or
  • didanosine chewable/buffered tablets or pediatric powder for oral solution (ddI, Videx, Videx Pediatric, others).

Other drugs may cause side effects if they are used during treatment with gatifloxacin. Before taking gatifloxacin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • cisapride (Propulsid);
  • erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab, E.E.S., others);
  • warfarin (Coumadin);
  • probenecid (Benemid and others);
  • digoxin (Lanoxin and others);
  • a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis, Oruvail), and others;
  • heart rhythm medicine such as quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinidex, Quinaglute), disopyramide (Norpace), bretylium (Bretylol), procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan SR), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), or sotalol (Betapace);
  • a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), amoxapine (Asendin), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), doxepin (Sinequan), and others; or
  • a phenothiazine including chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), mesoridazine (Serentil), thioridazine (Mellaril), and others.

If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to take gatifloxacin, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

There may be other drugs not listed that can affect gatifloxacin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist has additional information about gatifloxacin written for health professionals that you may read.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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