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What is Factive?

Factive is a medication used to treat certain types of infections. It is an antibiotic that belongs to a class of drugs called quinolones.

Health Benefits

Factive is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. These include:

– Pneumonia

– Bronchitis

– Infections of the ear, sinus, skin, and urinary tract

– Typhoid fever

Side Effects and Precautions

Side effects of Factive include:

– Nausea

– Vomiting

– Diarrhea

– Headache

– Dizziness

Factive may also cause more serious side effects, such as: -Tendon rupture -Peripheral neuropathy -Central nervous system effects If you experience any of these side effects, discontinue use of the medication and contact your doctor immediately. You should also avoid taking Factive if you have a history of hypersensitivity or allergy to quinolone antibiotics. Pregnant women should not take this medication unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Factive is also not recommended for use by breastfeeding women.


Factive is available in tablet form. The usual adult dose is 250 mg to 750 mg daily, depending on the severity of the infection. The usual pediatric dose is 10 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 12 hours for 14 days.


Factive may interact with other medications, such as:

– Antacids

– Warfarin

– Phenytoin

– Theophylline If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor before taking Factive. You should also avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication, as it can increase the risk of certain side effects.

Factive is a medication used to treat certain types of infections. It is an antibiotic that belongs to a class of drugs called quinolones.

Mechanism of Action

Factive works by killing bacteria that cause infections. It does this by inhibiting a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase, which is responsible for the replication of bacterial DNA. By preventing the replication of bacterial DNA, Factive prevents the bacteria from growing and multiplying.


Factive is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Peak concentrations are reached within 1 to 2 hours. The half-life of Factive is 6 to 8 hours.

Alternatives to Factive

There are many other antibiotics available to treat bacterial infections. Some of these include:

– Amoxicillin

– Azithromycin

– Cephalexin

– Levofloxacin Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment for your infection based on several factors, such as the type of bacteria causing the infection, your age and health history, and any other medications you are taking.

Clinical Trials

Several clinical trials have been conducted to assess the efficacy of Factive in treating various bacterial infections. The results of these trials suggest that Factive is effective in treating infections of the ear, sinus, skin, urinary tract, and lungs.

Is Amoxicillin more effective than Factive?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Both amoxicillin and Factive are effective antibiotics for treating bacterial infections. The best course of treatment depends on the individual patient and the specific infection being treated. Your doctor will determine the best treatment option for you based on your age, health history, and the type of infection you have.

Chemical Structure

The chemical structure of Factive is:

Molecular formula: C18H22FN3O4

Molecular weight: 337.37 g/mol

How is it supplied?

Factive is supplied as 250 mg and 500 mg tablets.


Factive should be stored at room temperature, between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C). Keep this medication away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use Factive if the expiration date on the bottle has passed. Expired medication may be ineffective or unsafe.


If you no longer need to take Factive and have leftover medications, it is important to dispose of them safely. Medications should not be flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain unless instructed to do so on the label or by your healthcare professional. The best way to dispose of most medications is through a medicine take-back program. These programs are usually sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, local waste management groups, or law enforcement agencies. Contact your local pharmacy or waste management department to learn about medication take-back programs in your area.