Maxaquin Medication - Uses & Side Effects
LOMEFLOXACIN (Maxaquin®) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Lomefloxacin kills certain bacteria or stops their growth. It treats respiratory and urinary tract infections, or prevents infection during surgery on the urinary tract. Generic lomefloxacin tablets are not yet available.
Maxaquin is a quinolone antibiotic used to treat lower respiratory infections, including chronic bronchitis, and urinary tract infections, including cystitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the bladder). Maxaquin is also given before bladder surgery and prostate biopsy to prevent the infections that sometimes follow these operations.
- The usual dosage is 400 milligrams once a day for 10 days.
Uses of Maxaquin
- Lomefloxacin is used to treat various bacterial infections, such as bronchitis and urinary tract infections.
- Lomefloxacin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
- Maxaquin is also used for inhalational anthrax, STDs, severe bronchial infections, infectious diarrhea, typhoid fever, and pneumonia.
- Maxaquin is used to treat infections of the lower respiratory system, urinary tract, sinuses, the skin, bones and joints, and prostate.
Side Effects of Maxaquin
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Maxaquin. Side effects may include:
Warnings and precautions before taking Maxaquin:
- If other antibiotics have given you diarrhea, or it develops while you are taking Maxaquin, be sure to tell your doctor. Maxaquin may cause inflammation of the bowel, ranging from mild to life-threatening.
- Maxaquin may cause dizziness or light-headedness and may impair your ability to drive a car or operate potentially dangerous machinery. Do not participate in any activities that require full alertness until you know how Maxaquin affects you.
- Maxaquin can cause rupture of muscle tendons. If you notice any pain or inflammation, stop exercising the affected tendon until your doctor has examined you.
- In rare cases, people taking antibiotics similar to Maxaquin have experienced severe, even fatal reactions, sometimes after only one dose. These reactions may include confusion, convulsions, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, hives, itching, light-headedness, loss of consciousness, rash, restlessness, swelling in the face or throat, tingling, and tremors. If you develop any of these symptoms, stop taking Maxaquin immediately and seek medical help.
Drug Interaction :- If Maxaquin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Maxaquin with the following:
- Antacids containing magnesium or aluminum, such as Maalox or Gaviscon
- Caffeine (including coffee, tea, and some soft drinks)
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune and Neoral)
- Didanosine (Videx) chewable tablets or powder for oral solution
- Probenecid (Benemid)
- Sucralfate (Carafate)
- Theophylline (Theo-Dur)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
- Seek emergency medical attention.
- The most common symptom of a lomefloxacin overdose is seizures.