What is Maxaquin?

Maxaquin (lomefloxacin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. Maxaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, bladder, kidney, prostate, and lungs. Maxaquin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Maxaquin

Health Benefits

Maxaquin has a wide range of health benefits, including the treatment of bacterial infections and the prevention of their growth. Maxaquin is also effective in treating other conditions such as acne, sinusitis, and urinary tract infections. In addition, Maxaquin has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of certain types of cancer cells.

Side Effects

Maxaquin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

mild nausea

vomiting

diarrhea

upset stomach

dizziness

lightheadedness

rash

itching

If you experience any of the following symptoms call your doctor immediately:

severe stomach pain

bloody or watery diarrhoea

fever

chills

body aches

flu symptoms

white patches in your mouth or throat

yellowing of your skin or eyes

seizures

difficulty breathing

Maxaquin can cause serious side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms call your doctor immediately:

rash

itching

hives swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Maxaquin can cause serious side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms call your doctor immediately:

dark urine

clay-coloured stools jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

severe pain in your upper stomach that comes and goes or gets worse

rapid heart rate

easy bruising or bleeding

unusual weakness

Dosages

The recommended dosage of Maxaquin for adults is 400 mg once daily. The recommended dosage for children is 8 mg/kg once daily.

Interactions

Maxaquin may interact with other medications. Tell your doctor all medications you take. Maxaquin should not be taken with antacids, iron supplements, or multivitamins. These interactions can make Maxaquin less effective.

Mechanism of Action

The mechanism of action of Maxaquin is not fully understood. Maxaquin is thought to work by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Maxaquin may also kill bacteria by altering their DNA.

Pharmacokinetics

Maxaquin is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. The bioavailability of Maxaquin is approximately 70%. Maxaquin is widely distributed in the body and is metabolized in the liver. Maxaquin is excreted in the urine and feces.

How to Take

Maxaquin should be taken with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. Maxaquin should be taken at the same time each day. Maxaquin should be taken for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking Maxaquin early even if you feel better.

If you miss a dose of Maxaquin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Clinical Trials

The efficacy of Maxaquin in the treatment of bacterial infections was demonstrated in clinical trials. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 546 patients with sinusitis were treated with Maxaquin or placebo for 10 days. The patients treated with Maxaquin had a significantly higher percentage of patients who were cured than the patients treated with placebo.

In another double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 642 patients with urinary tract infections were treated with Maxaquin or placebo for 7 days. The patients treated with Maxaquin had a significantly higher percentage of patients who were cured than the patients treated with placebo.

Alternatives to Maxaquin

Other antibiotics that may be used to treat bacterial infections include amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, and levofloxacin.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Maxaquin should be used with caution in pregnant women. Maxaquin may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in nursing infants. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell your doctor before taking this medication.