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Lomefloxacin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Lomefloxacin pronounced as: loe me FLOX a sin
Lomefloxacin is an anti infective / antibacterial drug belonging to fluoroquinolone group of antibiotics.
Common uses of lomefloxacin
Lomefloxacin is used in the treatment of urinary tract infections, ear infections, chronic Bronchitis, conjunctivitis and as prophylaxis before surgery.
How to use lomefloxacin
- Take lomefloxacin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
- Take oral dose of lomefloxacin before or after meals with one glass of water at regular intervals as prescribed by your doctor. Take lots of oral fluids when on this medication.
- Do not take certain medicines like antacids, mineral supplement containing zinc, with lomefloxacin medication as it decreases its absorption. However you may take it 2 hrs before or 6hrs after taking lomefloxacin medication.
- Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better.
- You must complete the entire course of medication to get maximum benefit; else the infection will not clear completely and in due course result in development of resistance.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like
- Cimetidine(anti histamine)
- Cyclosporine(Immuno suppressive drug)
- Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) like Naproxen, Ibuprofen,
- Insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs like glipizide
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as lomefloxacin should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- Seizure disorder
- Renal impairment
Do not take lomefloxacin if you are hypersensitive to it.
Old people: Lomefloxacin medication should be used cautiously in elderly individual as the risk of tendon injury is more when on this medication.
Pregnant woman: Lomefloxacin belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that lomefloxacin may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether lomefloxacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take lomefloxacin with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Lomefloxacin is available as tablet, injection, ear drops and eye drops. Your doctor will prescribe them depending on the severity of the disease.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. The overdose symptoms of Lomefloxacin are seizures.
Lomefloxacin may causes following side effects like
- Ringing sensation in the ears(tinnitus)
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc
- Sudden onset of pain, swelling , stiffness in joints( ankle or arm)
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Palpitations, irregular heart beat
Store lomefloxacin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure as lomefloxacin sensitizes the exposed skin causing burning sensation, rash etc. Use long sleeved clothes, sunscreen lotion (SPF-15) when you go out in sun to avoid photo toxicity.
- Antibiotics may cause diarrhoea. Consult your doctor immediately if it is very severe as it could be a sign of new infection or pseudomembranous colitis.
- Lomefloxacin impairs thought process and causes drowsiness. Avoid activities which require you to be alert.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012