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Ofloxacin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Ofloxacin

Generic Name : Ofloxacin
Pronunciation : oflox-a-cin
Latest prescription information about Ofloxacin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Infectives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Ofloxacin

India : 


International : 


Why is Ofloxacin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections such as chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, skin and skin structure infections, and others. It fights bacteria in the body.


When should Ofloxacin not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Ofloxacin?

Adult- PO- The recommended dose range is 200 to 800 mg per day in divided doses.
Eye drops- Instill 1-2 drops into affected eye(s) every 4 hours.

How should Ofloxacin be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
It also comes as eye drops to instill into the affected eyes as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ofloxacin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis, heart, kidney, or lung transplant; Alzheimer disease, seizures, stroke, central nervous system disorder, heart, liver, or kidney disease, decrease in blood minerals, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or light-headedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid exposure to sunlight.

• It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly.

• Avoid alcohol consumption.

• Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.

What are the side effects of Ofloxacin?

   Most Common : Nausea, headache, sleeplessness, genital itching in women, dizziness, vaginal inflammation, diarrhea and vomiting.
   Body as a whole : Weakness, chills, uneasiness, extremity pain and nosebleed.
   Heart : Heart arrest, fluid retention, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, palpitations and dilatation of blood vessels.
   Gastrointestinal : Indigestion.
   Genitourinary : Burning, irritation, pain and rash of the female genitalia, painful menstrual period, irregular periods, painful urination, urinary frequency and urinary retention.
   Musculoskeletal : Joint/muscle pain.
   Central Nervous System : Seizures, anxiety, cognitive change, depression, dream abnormality, emotion, hallucinations, tingling, fainting, unsteadiness, tremor and confusion.
   Metabolic : Increased thirst and weight loss.
   Respiratory : Respiratory arrest, cough and runny nose.
   Skin : Shock, increased sweating and hives.
   Eye and ENT : Hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and sensitivity to light.

What are the other precautions for Ofloxacin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Ofloxacin?

Store it at room temperature (25-30°C).

Schedule : H
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Sarah123, Iran, Islamic Republic of

what is the difference in usage and treatment between naphazoline Nitrate and Naphazoline hydrochloride?

satya62, India

Can OFLOX-200 use for Urinary track Infection?

rmvv2222, India

i have that sideffects after using oflox oz iam female 40 years
how can i cure this side effects?

cgo0224, India

Hi i m Tarun male 35 having skin problem from last 2 years & so..I was treated with lots of Ayurvedic medicine's earlier but couldnot get any result out of it. from last 3 months i have started taking alopathic medicine as directed by my doctor...He started with Teczine,rentech & alaspan but it give me temporary solutions...from last week onwards he direct me to take Zorno after seeing my blood reports. presently i m having some relive from it ...Pls advice is this releaf is for time being or do i need to take this tablet when ever i feel this alergy on my skin...Pls note that before 6 six months i was regular drinker from last 10-12 years...What causes me this alergy ? will i be turn normal as i was earlier in my life...pls advice

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