Noroxin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections and it works by preventing bacterial DNA from duplicating.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
You are advised to take Noroxin at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal or dairy product.
Maintain a gap of at least 2-3 hours with any products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium. Some examples include quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), vitamins/minerals, and antacids. Calcium-enriched juices, sucralfate, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc are also included.
A full glass of water when taken with Noroxin always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Noroxin ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Noroxin each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Noroxin falls under quinolone antibiotics and it works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Noroxin must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Noroxin (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Noroxin if you are allergic to it; or to other quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin, or ofloxacin; or if you have any other allergies.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like disease/weakness (e.g., myasthenia gravis), heart problems (e.g., cardiomyopathy, slow heart rate, torsades de pointes, QTc interval prolongation), kidney disease, mineral imbalance (e.g., low potassium or magnesium), history of tendonitis/tendon problems.
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight or heat while using Noroxin.
Noroxin is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Noroxin. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Noroxin, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Noroxin is strictly to be used only for treating bacterial infections. Treatment with Noroxin for curing viral infections like the common cold will be ineffective.
Extreme stomach cramps followed by bloody or tarry stools have been noticed in some patients using Noroxin. If you experience something like this, then stop treatment immediately and contact your physician.
Treatment with Noroxin must be constantly monitored as continuous treatment renders Noroxin ineffective and leads to a re infection. This re infection is usually severe and cannot be cured by Noroxin alone.
Noroxin should be used with caution in case of elderly people, as they may be more prone to side effects.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Noroxin. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Noroxin usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Noroxin. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.