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What is Gemifloxacin used for?
Gemifloxacin is an antibiotic medication used in the treatment of certain bacterial infections (such as pneumonia or bronchitis) caused by certain bacteria. Gemifloxacin belongs to the group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Gemifloxacin works by killing bacteria that cause infections in the body.
Gemifloxacin may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Gemifloxacin?
The dosage of Gemifloxacin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Gemifloxacin tablets by mouth, with or without food. Swallow Gemifloxacin with a full glass of water. Do not break, crush or chew Gemifloxacin tablets.
Avoid taking Gemifloxacin tablets with milk, yogurt or any other dairy/milk products. Do not take the Gemifloxacin tablets with calcium-fortified juice as well; however, Gemifloxacin can be taken with dairy products or calcium-added juices as part of full meals.
Take Gemifloxacin tablets at the same time each day.
What if you miss a dose of Gemifloxacin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Gemifloxacin 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 Gemifloxacin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Gemifloxacin, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Gemifloxacin may include seizure, tremor or weakness.
What other drug(s) could interact with Gemifloxacin?
It is important that Gemifloxacin 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.
Gemifloxacin 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 Gemifloxacin. 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 Gemifloxacin?
Like other medicines, Gemifloxacin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Gemifloxacin 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 Gemifloxacin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Gemifloxacin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Gemifloxacin 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 Gemifloxacin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Gemifloxacin?
Is it possible for me to take Gemifloxacin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Gemifloxacin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Gemifloxacin?
How will Gemifloxacin work in my body?
How should Gemifloxacin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Gemifloxacin drug interactions and side effects?
What other important information should you know about Gemifloxacin?
Before taking Gemifloxacin, 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 Gemifloxacin, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines;
- are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- Gemifloxacin 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 Gemifloxacin.
- Gemifloxacin may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- It should be noted that Gemifloxacin 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 Gemifloxacin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.