- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Factive* used for?
Generic for Factive* (Gemifloxacin) is an antibiotic medication used in the treatment of certain bacterial infections (such as pneumonia or bronchitis) caused by certain bacteria. Generic for Factive* belongs to the group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Generic for Factive* works by killing bacteria that cause infections in the body.
Generic for Factive* may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Factive*?
The dosage of Generic for Factive* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Generic for Factive* tablets by mouth, with or without food. Swallow Generic for Factive* with a full glass of water. Do not break, crush or chew Generic for Factive* tablets.
Avoid taking Generic for Factive* tablets with milk, yogurt or any other dairy/milk products. Do not take the Generic for Factive* tablets with calcium-fortified juice as well; however, Generic for Factive* can be taken with dairy products or calcium-added juices as part of full meals.
Take Generic for Factive* tablets at the same time each day.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Factive*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Factive* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Generic for Factive*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Factive*, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Generic for Factive* may include seizure, tremor or weakness.
What other drug(s) could interact with Generic for Factive*?
It is important that Generic for Factive* should be taken either 3 hours before or 2 hours after taking any of the following medicines: Didanosine, Sucralfate, antacids and supplements that contain iron, zinc, magnesium and aluminum.
Generic for Factive* can interact with the following types of medicines: certain macrolide antibiotics, antipsychotic medicines, anti-arrhythmics (medicines that control heart rhythm), steroid medicines, antacids, water pills, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, blood thinners and water pills (diuretics).
Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Generic for Factive*. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Factive*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Factive* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Factive* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Factive* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Factive* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Factive* can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, sleep problems and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Factive*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Factive*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Factive* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Factive*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Factive*?
How will Generic for Factive* work in my body?
How should Generic for Factive* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Factive* drug interactions and side effects?
What other important information should you know about Generic for Factive*?
Before taking Generic for Factive*, make sure to tell your doctor if you
- have joint or tendon problems;
- have nerve problems;
- have myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness);
- have a history of seizures, diabetes, heart rhythm problems and kidney disease;
- low blood levels of potassium (hypokalemia) or magnesium (hypomagnesemia);
- are allergic to Generic for Factive*, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines;
- are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- Generic for Factive* may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
- Limit alcoholic beverages while on treatment with Generic for Factive*.
- Generic for Factive* may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- It should be noted that Generic for Factive* may cause tendinitis or tendon rupture. The risk of getting tendon problems is greater in adults aged over 60 years, in patients who are taking steroids, or in patients who have had a kidney, heart or lung transplant.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Generic for Factive* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.