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Zagam Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- What are the possible side effects of sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- What is the most important information I should know about sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- How should I take sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zagam)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zagam)?
- What should I avoid while taking sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- What other drugs will affect sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Zagam)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
What happens if I overdose (Zagam)?
Seek emergency medical attention.
The most common symptom of a sparfloxacin overdose is irregular or slow heartbeats.
What should I avoid while taking sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Sparfloxacin increases the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, and a severe sunburn may result. If sun exposure is unavoidable, wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Call your doctor if you experience severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after exposure to the sun.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Sparfloxacin may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities.
What other drugs will affect sparfloxacin (Zagam)?
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 4 hours after a dose of sparfloxacin. Taking antacids, sucralfate, or vitamin or mineral supplements too close to a dose of sparfloxacin can greatly decrease the effects of the antibiotic.
Do not take sparfloxacin without first talking to your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
- the heart medicines amiodarone (Cordarone), disopyramide (Norpace), quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinidex, Quinaglute, others), procainamide (Procan SR, Pronestyl), sotalol (Betapace), and bepridil (Vascor);
- terfenadine (Seldane, Seldane-D) or astemizole (Hismanal);
- a tricyclic antidepressant including amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), amoxapine (Asendin), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), doxepin (Sinequan), and others;
- a phenothiazine including chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), mesoridazine (Serentil), thioridazine (Mellaril), and others;
- erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab, E.E.S., others); or
- cisapride (Propulsid).
Sparfloxacin and the drugs listed above may affect the rhythm of your heartbeats. You may not be able to take sparfloxacin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with sparfloxacin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about sparfloxacin 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 medicine only for the indication prescribed.
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