Ofloxacin Side Effects

When taking ofloxacin, the side effects a person experiences will be based on the particular form of ofloxacin that is used. For example, the oral tablets could cause nausea, diarrhea, and insomnia; the otic solution could cause ear pain or discomfort; and the ophthalmic solution could cause blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and burning or stinging in the eye.

An Introduction to Ofloxacin Side Effects

Just like any medicine, ofloxacin can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with ofloxacin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Side Effects of Ofloxacin

Some ofloxacin side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Any joint or muscle problems, which could be signs of more serious side effects
  • Swelling, pain, bruising, or rupture of a tendon (see Ofloxacin and Tendon Problems)
  • Seizures
  • Any unusual changes in thoughts or behavior, such as:
     
    • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
    • Paranoia (feeling suspicious or like people are out to get you)
    • Feeling anxious, nervous, or restless
    • Depression
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Confusion
    • Problems sleeping
 
  • Fainting spells
  • A fast, irregular, or forcefully beating heart (heart palpitations)
  • Watery, bloody, or severe diarrhea (this can occur while taking the medication or for several weeks after stopping it)
  • Burning, numbness, tingling, or prickling sensations in your arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Signs of liver problems, such as:
     
    • Dark urine
    • Loss of appetite
    • Fatigue or excessive tiredness
    • Pain in the right upper part of the stomach
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
 
  • Low or high blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Signs of a fungal or yeast infection, such as:
     
    • Itchy, flaky, or red skin
    • White patches in your mouth or throat
    • A thick, white vaginal discharge with vaginal itching and discomfort
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
     
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing

 

  

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