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Generic name: Ofloxacin
Why is this drug prescribed: Ocuflox is an antibiotic used in the treatment of eye infections. It is prescribed for eye inflammations and for ulcers or sores on the cornea (the transparent covering over the pupil). Ofloxacin, the active ingredient, is a member of the quinolone family of antibiotics.
Most important fact about this drug: Other forms of ofloxacin have been known to cause allergic reactions in a few patients. These reactions can be extremely serious, leading to loss of consciousness and cardiovascular collapse. Early warning signs include a skin rash, hives, and itching. Other symptoms may include swelling of the face or throat, shortness of breath, and a tingling feeling. One patient using Ocuflox developed severe blisters and skin peeling. If you develop any of these symptoms, stop using Ocuflox and seek emergency help immediately.
How should you take this medication: Ocuflox is administered with an eyedropper. Be careful to avoid touching the tip to the eye or any other surface. This could contaminate the solution. --If you miss a dose... Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Ocuflox. The most common side effect is: Local burning or discomfort Other side effects may include: Allergic reaction, blurred vision, dizziness, dry eye, eye pain, feeling of a foreign body in the eye, inflammation, itching, nausea, redness, sensitivity to light, stinging, swelling of the eye or face, tearing
Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you've ever had an allergic reaction to a quinolone antibiotic such as Cipro, Floxin, Levaquin, Noroxin, Avelox, or Tequin, you should not use this medication.
Special warnings about this medication: Prolonged use of Ocuflox sometimes promotes the growth of germs that are unaffected by the medication. The doctor will examine your eyes for signs of this development, and discontinue the drug if it appears. Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children under 1 year of age.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: There is no information on interactions with Ocuflox. When taken internally, however, the similar quinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin is known to interact with the following: Caffeine Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) Theophylline (Theo-Dur) Warfarin (Coumadin)
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Ocuflox during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, alert your doctor immediately. Researchers do not know whether Ocuflox makes its way into breast milk; but when ciprofloxacin is taken internally, it definitely appears. You'll need to choose between nursing your baby or undergoing treatment with Ocuflox.
Recommended dosage: EYE INFLAMMATION: Apply 1 or 2 drops every 2 to 4 hours for the first 2 days, then 4 times daily for the next five days. CORNEAL ULCERS: For the first 2 days, apply 1 or 2 drops to the affected eye every 30 minutes while awake; also get up 4 to 6 hours after retiring and apply 1 or 2 drops. On days 3 through 7 to 9, apply 1 or 2 drops hourly while awake. From days 7 to 9 onward, apply 1 or 2 drops 4 times a day.
Overdosage: The results of long-term overdosing of Ocuflox are unknown. If you suspect a problem, check with your doctor.