Ofloxacin

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ofloxacin include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in several different forms. The particular directions for each product can vary substantially, so make sure you refer to the information for your specific ofloxacin product.
     
  • When taking ofloxacin by mouth, you can take it with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
     
  • Ofloxacin tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, cut, or chew them.
     
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine to stay well hydrated.
     
  • Try to take or use this medication at the same time each day to keep an even level in your system.
     
  • Avoid touching the tip of the ofloxacin eye and ear dropper to any surface, including your hands, eyes, and ears. This will help prevent germs from getting into the medication.
     
  • Do not wear contact lenses while using ofloxacin eye products. Ask your healthcare provider when you may wear contacts again.
     
  • You should not go swimming while using ofloxacin ear drops unless your healthcare provider says otherwise. In general, try to keep your ears dry during treatment.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not miss a dose or stop taking ofloxacin earlier than your healthcare provider recommends, even if you feel better. Stopping this medicine too soon may cause your infection to return or lead to bacterial resistance.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of ofloxacin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The particular ofloxacin product
  • The type and severity of your infection
  • Your age
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
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