Active substance: Norfloxacin
The manufacturer only recommends use of norfloxacin during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
Ciprofloxacin is being licensed for the treatment of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections and Pyelonephritis due to Escherichia coli and Inhalational Anthrax post-exposure and levofloxacin was recently licensed for the treatment of Inhalational Anthrax post-exposure.
However, the Fluoroquinolones are licensed to treat lower respiratory infections in children with cystic fibrosis in the UK.
Adverse effects In general, fluoroquinolones are well tolerated, with most side-effects being mild to moderate. The overall rate of adverse events in patients treated with fluoroquinolones is roughly similar to that seen in patients treated with other antibiotic classes.
Centers for Disease Control study found patients treated with fluoroquinolones experienced adverse events severe enough to lead to an emergency department visit more frequently than those treated with cephalosporins or macrolides, but less frequently than those treated with penicillins, clindamycin, sulfonamides, or vancomycin.
Among these, tendon problems and exacerbation of the symptoms of the neurological disorder myasthenia gravis are the subject of "black box" warnings in the United States.
Younger people typically experience good recovery, but permanent disability is possible, and is more likely in older patients.
This is because these things interfere with the way norfloxacin is absorbed by your body, and stop it from working fully. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless your next dose is due. If your next dose is due then take the dose which is due but leave out the forgotten one.
Do not take two tablets together to make up for a missed dose.
Even if you feel your infection has cleared up, keep taking the antibiotic until the course is finished unless you are told to stop by your doctor. This is to prevent the infection from coming back.
If you have a long-term chronic infection, your course of treatment will be for longer than this, possibly for 1-3 months.
If you still feel unwell after finishing the course of tablets, go back to see your doctor. Getting the most from your treatment Remember to keep any routine appointments with your doctor.
This is so your progress can be monitored. Protect your skin by using a sunscreen, particularly if you are exposed to strong sunlight for a prolonged period of time.
Do not use sunbeds. If you buy any medicines check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with this antibiotic.This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. Do not pass it on to.
In particular, do not take painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, while you are taking norfloxacin.
Swallow the tablets with a glass of water at least one hour before or two hours after a meal or drink of milk.
Preferably the tablets should be taken in the morning and evening. If you only take a single daily dose, always take this at the same time of day. The duration of treatment depends on the type and severity of infection.
For women with acute, uncomplicated inflammation of the bladder, the usual duration of treatment is a 3 day course of this medicine with the recommended dose. In the treatment of urinary tract infections, adults will generally need to use this medicine for 7-10 days.
In chronic inflammation of the prostate the usual duration of treatment is 4 weeks.