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Generic Name: lomefloxacin (low-meh-FLOX-ah-sin)
Brand Name: Maxaquin
Lomefloxacin is used for:
Treating bacterial infections. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Lomefloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria by stopping the production of essential proteins that the bacteria need to survive.
Do NOT use lomefloxacin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in lomefloxacin
- you will be receiving a live typhoid vaccine during treatment with lomefloxacin
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using lomefloxacin:
Some medical conditions may interact with lomefloxacin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to a fluoroquinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin) in the past
- if you have Alzheimer disease, a CNS disease, hardening of the arteries in the brain, a history of seizures, or increased pressure in the head
- if you have kidney problems, heart problems, tendonitis, a stomach infection, diarrhea, or sensitivity to the sun
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lomefloxacin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Droperidol or foscarnet because their actions and side effects may be increased by lomefloxacin
- Typhoid live vaccine because its effectiveness may be decreased by lomefloxacin
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if lomefloxacin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use lomefloxacin:
Use lomefloxacin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Lomefloxacin may be taken with or without food.
- Take lomefloxacin with a full glass (8 oz/240 mL) of water. Also, drink several additional glasses of water each day.
- Lomefloxacin should be taken 2 hours before or 4 hours after the following medicines: antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium; didanosine; iron salts (eg, ferrous sulfate); sucralfate; or zinc salts (eg, zinc sulfate).
- Lomefloxacin works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
- To clear up your infection completely, continue using lomefloxacin for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of lomefloxacin, 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 dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lomefloxacin.
Important safety information:
- Lomefloxacin may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to lomefloxacin. Using lomefloxacin alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- Lomefloxacin may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths while using lomefloxacin and for several days after stopping it. This reaction may occur even when you use sunscreens or sunblocks. It you experience skin burning, blisters, rash, itching, redness, or swelling, check with your doctor before taking additional doses. To reduce the risk of sensitivity to the sun, take lomefloxacin at least 12 hours before exposure to the sun (eg, in the evening).
- If severe diarrhea, stomach pain/cramps, or bloody stools occur, contact your doctor immediately. This could be a symptom of a serious side effect requiring immediate medical attention. Do not treat diarrhea without consulting your doctor.
- Lomefloxacin is effective only against bacteria. It is not effective for treating viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- It is important to use lomefloxacin for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of lomefloxacin and may increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to lomefloxacin and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antibiotics in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of lomefloxacin may cause a second infection. Your doctor may want to change your medicine to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.
- Stop taking lomefloxacin and contact your doctor if you experience pain, swelling, or tearing of a tendon. Get plenty of rest and do not exercise until your doctor has determined the cause.
- Lomefloxacin is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 18 years of age; safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been established.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using lomefloxacin during pregnancy. It is unknown if lomefloxacin is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking lomefloxacin.
Possible side effects of lomefloxacin:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; dizziness; headache; nausea.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anxiety; bloody stools; burning sensations; confusion; convulsions; joint pain or swelling; pain, tingling, or numbness in the hands or feet; seizures; severe or continuing diarrhea; severe sunburn; skin burning, redness, swelling, blisters, or itching; stomach pain/cramps; tendon pain; tremors; vaginal irritation or discharge; weakness.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include disorientation; dizziness; drowsiness; facial swelling and numbness; hot or cold flushes; nausea; slurred speech.Proper storage of lomefloxacin:
Store lomefloxacin between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep lomefloxacin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about lomefloxacin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lomefloxacin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about lomefloxacin. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.