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   Alatrofloxacin

Alatrofloxacin
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This medication is used to treat very serious infections that threaten life or limb.

 
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Alatrofloxacin

Uses
This medication is used to treat very serious infections that threaten life or limb.
Notes
  • This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use it later for another infection or give it to others.
  • A different medication may be needed in those cases.Laboratory tests may be performed to monitor side effects.

Storage
  • Store vials at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not freeze.Diluted solution is stable for 3 days at room temperature and 7 days refrigerated.
  • Discard unused portion of vial.


How To Use
  • After proper dilution, this drug is given slowly by vein (IV) exactly as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
  • Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level.
  • Do this by using the medication at the same time each day.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
  • Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow resulting in a relapse of the infection.
  • Use of this drug for more than 14 days is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor.This medication should not be given together with any solution containing multivalent cations (e.g., magnesium or calcium) in the same IV.Check visually for any particles or change in color of the solution (it should be colorless or pale yellow).

Side Effects
  • Dizziness, nausea, change in taste sensation, headache or pain at the injection site may occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Unlikely but report promptly: vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin.Very unlikely but report promptly: chest pain, unusually fast or slow heart beats, seizure, persistent sore throat or fever, muscle weakness or cramps, bleeding or bruising, increased sensitivity to the sun (sunburns), mental/mood changes, numbness/tingling, vision problems, increased thirst or hunger, change in the amount of urine.This medication may rarely cause tendon damage (e.g., tendonitis, tendon rupture).
  • Seek immediate medical attention, rest, and stop exercising if you develop joint/muscle/tendon pain or swelling.In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, fainting, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including: any allergies (especially drug allergies), liver disease, brain/spinal disorders (e.g., seizures or severe blood vessel disease), heart disease (including irregular heart beats), lung disease.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection).This medication increases sensitivity to the sun.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
  • Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when outdoors.Limit alcohol intake, as it may worsen certain side effects of this medication.Since this drug may cause dizziness, use caution if operating machinery or performing hazardous tasks (e.g., driving).To avoid dizziness or lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug therefore caution is advised.Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its possible side effects (e.g., joint/tendon problems).
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with the doctor.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This drug is excreted into breast milk.
  • Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially: blood pressure medications (e.g., prazosin), other antibiotics (especially quinolone-type).Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages containing caffeine (coffee, tea, colas) or eating large amounts of chocolate.
  • This drug may increase and/or prolong the effects of caffeine.Also, certain cough/cold products (with "adrenaline-like" medicine such as decongestants), isoniazid and cholinesterase blockers such as tacrine and donepezil might increase the chance of seizures.Other medicines or IV additives should not be combined with this drug, or given through the same IV.Certain IV fluids (e.g., normal saline or lactated ringers) should not be used with this drug.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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