Generic Tequin (Gatifloxacin 200/400mg)
What is this medicine?
GATIFLOXACIN is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Gatifloxacin kills certain bacteria or stops their growth. It is used for treating respiratory tract infections.
What should my health care professional know before I receive this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- an unusual reaction to Gatifloxacin or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- heart problems, including a slow heartbeat, a history of lack of blood supply to your heart or hardening of the arteries
- kidney or liver problems
- Alzheimer disease
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take the tablet with a full glass of water. Use Gatifloxacinas directed by your doctor. Gatifloxacinworks best if it is taken at the same time each day. To clear up your infection completely, continue using Gatifloxacin for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Gatifloxacinis recommended.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, 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.
What may interact with this medicine?
Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- azole antifungals
- certain medicines for heart rhythm disturbances (eg, quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone, sotalol)
- ketolide antibiotics
- macrolide antibiotics
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Gatifloxacin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
What should I watch for while taking this medicine?
Gatifloxacin may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or changes in vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Gatifloxacin . Using Gatifloxacin alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
Gatifloxacinis effective only against bacteria. It is not effective for treating viral infections (eg, the common cold). It is important to use Gatifloxacin for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Gatifloxacin and may increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to Gatifloxacin and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antibiotics in the future.
Long-term or repeated use of Gatifloxacin may cause a second infection. Your doctor may want to change your medicine to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.Gatifloxacin may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Gatifloxacin . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
What side effects may I notice from this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional immediately:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
- bloody stools
- blurred vision that does not go away
- chest pain or pounding in the chest
- changes in mental health (nightmares; confusion; paranoia; loss of consciousness)
- severe or continuous diarrhea
- unusual or severe drowsiness or dizziness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- back pain
- change in taste
- diarrhea, gas
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.