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Gatifloxacin ophthalmic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to gatifloxacin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by gatifloxacin ophthalmic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking gatifloxacin ophthalmic:

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
Rare
  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known:
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives or welts, or skin rash
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble breathing

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with gatifloxacin ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

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

Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctival irritation, increased lacrimation, keratitis, papillary conjunctivitis, chemosis, conjunctival hemorrhage, dry eye, eye discharge, worsening of conjunctivitis, eye irritation, eye pain, eyelid edema, red eye, decreased visual acuity
Postmarketing reports: Blepharitis, eye pruritus, eye swelling (including corneal and conjunctival edema), blurred vision[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dysgeusia/taste disturbance[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic reactions, hypersensitivity[Ref]

Dermatologic

Postmarketing reports: Angioedema (including pharyngeal, oral, or facial edema), pruritus (including generalized pruritus), rash, urticaria[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Postmarketing reports: Nausea[Ref]

Respiratory

Postmarketing reports: Dyspnea[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Zymaxid (gatifloxacin ophthalmic)." A-S Medication Solutions, Chicago, IL.

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

Not all side effects for gatifloxacin ophthalmic may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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