Ofloxacin Ophthalmic

Reviewed on 5/27/2022

What Is Ofloxacin Ophthalmic and How Does It Work?

Ofloxacin Ophthalmic is a prescription medication used for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis and corneal ulcer.

  • Ofloxacin Ophthalmic is available under the following different brand names: Ocuflox

What Are Dosages of Ofloxacin Ophthalmic?

Adult and pediatric dosage

Sublingual tablet

  • 2.5mg
  • 5mg
  • 10mg

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Adult dosage

  • Days 1-2: 1-2 drops in the affected eye every 2-4 hours, THEN
  • Days 3-7: 1-2 drops four times daily.

Pediatric dosage

Children below 1 year

  • Not recommended

Children above a year

  • Day 1-2: 1-2 drops in the affected eye every 2-4 hours, THEN
  • Day 3-7: 1-2 drops four times daily

Corneal Ulcer

Adult dosage

  • Days 1-2: 1-2 drops  every 30min while awake (WA), awaken 4-6 hours after retiring
  • Days 3-7: 1-2 drops every hour while awake
  • Days 7-9: 1-2 drops four times daily until clinical cure

Pediatric dosage

Children below 1 year

  • Not recommended

Children above a year

  • Days 1-2: 1-2 drops every 30 min while awake (WA), awaken 4-6 hours after retiring
  • Days 3-7: 1-2 drops every hour while awake
  • Days 7-9: 1-2 drops four times daily until clinical cure

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows: 

  • See “Dosages”

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ofloxacin Ophthalmic?

Common side effects of the Ofloxacin Ophthalmic include:

  • blurred vision;
  • eye pain or
  • mild burning, stinging, or another discomfort;
  • eye redness, itching, or watering;
  • red or puffy eyelids;
  • your eyes being more sensitive to light; or
  • eye dryness, feeling like something is in the eye.

Serious side effects of the Ofloxacin Ophthalmic include:

  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine;
  • eye pain;
  • eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection); or
  • severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in the eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Rare side effects of the Ofloxacin Ophthalmic include:

  • none 

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects or health problems that may occur as a result of the use of this drug. Call your doctor for medical advice about serious side effects or adverse reactions. You may report side effects or health problems to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What Other Drugs Interact with Ofloxacin Ophthalmic?

If your medical doctor is using this medicine to treat your pain, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Ofloxacin Ophthalmic has no noted severe interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ofloxacin Ophthalmic has no noted serious interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ofloxacin Ophthalmic has no noted moderate interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ofloxacin Ophthalmic has no noted minor interactions with any other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Visit the RxList Drug Interaction Checker for any drug interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ofloxacin Ophthalmic?

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity to quinolones or other components in the product

Effects of drug abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ofloxacin Ophthalmic?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ofloxacin Ophthalmic?”

Cautions

  • May result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi
  • Careful monitoring, including slit-lamp biomicroscopy and fluorescein staining when appropriate may be necessary
  • Not for subconjunctival injection

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks during pregnancy
  • Lactation
    • Not known if distributed into milk; discontinue breastfeeding or drug.

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/ocuflox-ofloxacin-ophthalmic-343582#6

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