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    What does Gemifloxacin treat?

    Gemifloxacin is a quinolone antibiotic prescribed to treat a range of bacterial infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This acts by killing bacteria. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Gemifloxacin dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. You may take it with or without food but make sure you use a full glass of water. You can consume it with dairy products or calcium-added juices as well. Take plenty of fluids while on this drug unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

    Missed a dose?

    Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so. This medication must always be taken either 3 hours before or 2 hours after taking Didanosine, Sucralfate, antacids and supplements that have iron, zinc, magnesium and aluminum.

    Overdosed?

    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Seizure, tremor or weakness are symptoms of overdose.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Gemifloxacin is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Gemifloxacin.

    It may interact with: 

    • Amiodarone 
    • Amitriptyline 
    • Ciprofloxacin 
    • Ibuprofen 

    It may also interact with tricyclic antidepressants, blood thinners, macrolide antibiotics, antipsychotic medicines, steroid medicines, antacids, water pills, anti-arrhythmics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and water pills (diuretics). This is not an exhaustive list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    Possible Side Effects

    Gemifloxacin might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Some of the side effects could be dizziness, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, trouble sleeping and headache. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Gemifloxacin

    • Can I take Gemifloxacin along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Gemifloxacin? 
    • What is the dosage of Gemifloxacin to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Gemifloxacin? 
    • How will Gemifloxacin work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Gemifloxacin be minimized or completely avoided?

    Disclaimer

    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Gemifloxacin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

     

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