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This medication is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Gemifloxacin is in a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

 
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Uses
This medication is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Gemifloxacin is in a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed only for your current condition.
  • Do not use it later for other infections unless directed by your doctor.
  • A different medication may be necessary in those cases.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., kidney and liver function tests, blood count, cultures) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily with or without food, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Swallow whole.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 3 hours after taking any medications that contain magnesium or aluminum such as: quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), vitamins/minerals, and antacids.
  • Other examples include bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc.
  • Gemifloxacin should be taken at least 2 hours before taking sucralfate.
  • These medications bind with gemifloxacin preventing its full absorption.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level.
  • Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to take 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, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve.Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist.
  • If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, stomach upset, loss of appetite, diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, altered taste, constipation, or trouble sleeping may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist 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.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, sunburn (sun sensitivity).Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, change in the amount of urine, dark urine, easy bruising/bleeding, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., suicidal thoughts or severe depression), numbness/tingling/weakness, persistent nausea/vomiting, persistent sore throat or fever, seizures, unusual fatigue, yellowing eyes and skin.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection).
  • Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms.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.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (pseudomembranous colitis) due to a resistant bacteria.
  • This condition may occur while receiving therapy or even weeks after treatment has stopped.
  • Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop: abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool, persistent diarrhea.A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, hives, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking gemifloxacin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, or moxifloxacin; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain or nervous system disorders (e.g., cerebral arteriosclerosis, tumors, increased intracranial pressure), heart problems (e.g., cardiomyopathy, slow heart rate, torsades de pointes, QTc prolongation), history of seizures, kidney disease, liver disease, muscle/joint/tendon problems, untreated mineral imbalance (e.g., low potassium or magnesium).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths or sunlamps.
  • Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.If you have diabetes and are taking insulin or oral anti-diabetic drugs (e.g., glyburide), you may experience changes in blood glucose levels due to infection or use of gemifloxacin.
  • Monitor your blood glucose frequently while using this medication and notify your doctor if you experience symptoms of high or low blood sugar.
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar include increased thirst and urination.
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar include dizziness, hunger, sweating and fast pulse.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects (e.g., tendon problems, especially if they are also taking corticosteroids drugs such as prednisone).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.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk.
  • 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 the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • See also How to Use section.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), diabetes medications (e.g., glyburide, insulin), diuretics (e.g., furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen), probenecid, live bacterial vaccines.Report the use of drugs which might increase seizure risk (decrease seizure threshold) when combined with gemifloxacin, such as phenothiazines (e.g., thioridazine), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), isoniazid (INH), or theophylline.Other drugs besides gemifloxacin which may affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation in the EKG) include amiodarone, dofetilide, erythromycin, pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, procainamide, and antipsychotics (e.g., risperidone, quetiapine) among others.
  • QTc prolongation can infrequently result in serious, rarely fatal, irregular heartbeats.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
  • Ask for instructions about whether you need to stop any other QTc-prolonging drugs you may be using in order to minimize the risk of this effect.Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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