Generic name: Ofloxacin
Ocuflox (ofloxacin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. Ocuflox is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, ear, sinus, skin, and urinary tract. Ocuflox may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Ocuflox if you are allergic to ofloxacin or similar antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and others. To make sure Ocuflox is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had: kidney disease; seizures a nerve disorder or paralysis; a head injury or brain tumour; low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or if you take a heart rhythm medicine such as quinidine (Quin-G), disopyramide (Norpace), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), sotalol (Betapace), thioridazine (Mellaril), and others. FDA pregnancy category C. Ocuflox may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether ofloxacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while using this medicine. Ocuflox is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take Ocuflox?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Shake the eye drops well just before each use. To apply the eye drops: Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above your eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. Do not use more or less, or use it more often than directed.
The eye ointment must be used at bedtime unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Wash your hands before using the ointment. To apply the eye ointment: Tilt your head back and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the applicator tip near but not touching your eye. Look up and away from the applicator as you squeeze out a ribbon of ointment into the pocket made by your lower eyelid. Close your eyes and roll them in a circle for 1 to 2 minutes.
Do not touch the tip of the eye drop or ointment bottle to any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the drops or ointment get into your eye, wash it out with plenty of cool water.
To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to your eye, eyelid, or any other surface. Keep the container tightly closed when not in use. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Ocuflox is not expected to be dangerous. Overdose symptoms may include headache, feeling restless or nervous, and seizures (convulsions).
What should I avoid while taking Ocuflox?
Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking ofloxacin. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Ofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Wear loose clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
Ocuflox side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: fast or irregular heart rate; seizure (convulsions); or severe dizziness, anxiety, sweating, blurred vision. Common side effects may include: mild skin itching or rash; blurred vision; or eye redness, burning, stinging. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Ocuflox?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using during your treatment with Ocuflox, especially: medicine to treat seizures; or a blood thinner–warfar