Norfloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.
Generic Name: Norfloxacin Tablets (nor-FLOX-a-sin).
Brand Names: Noroxin, Norflox.
This medicine is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.
How to use
Take this medicine by mouth, usually twice a day, at least 1 hour before or at least 2 hours after a meal or dairy product (e.g., milk, yogurt). Take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters). If your doctor tells you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while you are taking this medicine. The dose is based on your medical condition.
Take this medicine 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking any product that contains magnesium, aluminum, or calcium. Some examples include quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/buffer dispersible tablets or pediatric oral solutions), vitamins and minerals, and antacids. Enriched with calcium juices, sucralfate, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc are also included. These products bind with Noroxin, preventing its complete absorption.
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in the body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this medicine at equal time intervals. Continue taking this medicine until the prescribed amount is used up, even if the symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping this medicine prematurely may allow the bacteria to continue growing and the infection to relapse. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Drugs and Class Mechanism
Noroxin belongs to a class of drugs called quinolones. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary or excessive use of any antibiotic can decrease its effectiveness.
If you miss a dose of Noroxin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Keep it at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Short-term storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is allowed. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.
Warnings and Cautions
Before taking noroxin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, to other quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin, moxifloxacin, or ofloxacin, or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: seizures, brain disorders (such as cerebral arteriosclerosis, tumors, increased intracranial pressure), muscle disease/weakness (such as myasthenia gravis), heart problems (eg, low heart rate cardiomyopathy, torsades de pointes, QTc interval prolongation), kidney disease, mineral imbalance (eg, low potassium or magnesium levels), history of tendonitis and tendon problems.
Possible side effects
Nausea, headache, stomach upset, weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, or drowsiness.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine because the benefit to you outweighs the risk of side effects.
Many people who use this medicine do not have serious side effects.
Do not share this medicine with others. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition. Do not use it later for another infection, unless directed by your doctor. A different drug may be necessary in those cases.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g. kidney function tests, blood counts, cultures) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.