Precautions and Warnings With Ofloxacin
Antibiotics like ofloxacin are known to cause mild, short-term diarrhea. However, severe, watery, or bloody diarrhea is a cause for concern. Precautions and warnings with ofloxacin also apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with severe kidney or liver disease, and people with a history of nerve problems. Thus, it is important to discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking ofloxacin if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Tendon or joint problems
- Nerve problems, such as neuropathy
- A history of seizures or epilepsy
- An irregular heartbeat or a heart rhythm problem known as QT prolongation, or have family members with these problems
- Cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the arteries of the brain)
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Myasthenia gravis.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.