Ocuflox

Generic Name: Ofloxacin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Ocuflox is an antibiotic eye drop that is used to treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") and corneal ulcers (ulcers in the clear tissue over the pupil of your eye) caused by certain types bacteria.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Ocuflox works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Ocuflox has been shown to eliminate certain bacteria that cause pink eye or corneal ulcers. By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, Ocuflox may help relieve symptoms such as redness, swelling, and discharge of mucus/pus from these eye conditions.

    When: In clinical studies, the majority of the patients with corneal ulcers and pink eye were cured.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your eye symptoms after you start using Ocuflox. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. It is important that you use Ocuflox exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: eye burning or discomfort.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Ocuflox may cause allergic reactions (such as rash) or increase your risk of another infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Ocuflox if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar antibiotics (such as levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ocuflox. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Pink Eye

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Apply 1-2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 2-4 hours for the first 2 days, and then apply 1-2 drops four times a day for the next 5 days.

    Corneal Ulcers

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Ocuflox exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Ocuflox without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Ocuflox.

    Do not wear contact lenses if you experience signs and symptoms of pink eye while you are using Ocuflox.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Ocuflox is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Ocuflox with the following: blood thinners (such as warfarin), caffeine, cyclosporine, or theophylline.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ocuflox during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Ocuflox, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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