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Zymar Side Effects

Generic Name: gatifloxacin ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug gatifloxacin ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Zymar.

It is possible that some side effects of Zymar may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to gatifloxacin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, gatifloxacin ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Zymar) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking gatifloxacin ophthalmic, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Eye irritation
  • eye pain
  • eye redness
Less common
  • Bloody eye
  • decrease in vision
  • swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye

Some gatifloxacin ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Blurred vision
  • discharge from the eyes
  • itching eyes
  • stringy mucus secretions
  • swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • watering eyes
Less common
  • Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • change in taste
  • dry eye
  • headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to gatifloxacin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


Ocular side effects have included conjunctival irritation, increased lacrimation, keratitis, and papillary conjunctivitis in 5% to 10% of patients. Chemosis, conjunctival hemorrhage, dry eye, eye discharge, eye irritation, eye pain, eyelid edema, red eye, and decreased visual acuity have been reported in 1% to 4% of patients.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache and taste disturbance in 1% to 4% of patients.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Zymar (gatifloxacin ophthalmic)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

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