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Norfloxacin comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken twice a day for 3 to 28 days. The
length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated. Your doctor will tell you how long
to take Norfloxacin. Take Norfloxacin at around the same times every day and try to space your doses 12
hours apart. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or
pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Norfloxacin exactly as directed. Do not take
more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Take Norfloxacin at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals or after drinking milk or eating dairy
Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water.
You should begin to feel better during the first few days of your treatment with Norfloxacin. If your
symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
Take Norfloxacin until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. Do not stop taking
Norfloxacin without talking to your doctor unless you experience certain serious side effects listed in
the IMPORTANT WARNING or SIDE EFFECT sections. If you stop taking Norfloxacin too soon or if you skip
doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to
Norfloxacin is also sometimes used to treat certain infections of the stomach and intestines. Talk to
your doctor about the risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more
Before taking Norfloxacin tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic or have had a severe
reaction to Norfloxacin;
other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not
available in the U.S.), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin) (not
available in the U.S.), moxifloxacin (Avelox), nalidixic acid (NegGram), ofloxacin (Floxin), and
sparfloxacin (Zagam) (not available in the U.S.), or any other medications.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins,
herbal products, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the
medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and any of the following: other antibiotics;
anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); certain antidepressants;
antipsychotics (medications to treat mental illness); caffeine or medications that contain caffeine
(Excedrin, NoDoz, Vivarin, others); cisapride (Propulsid) (not available in the U.S.); clozapine
Fazaclo); cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune); diuretics ('water pills'); erythromycin (E.E.S,
E-Mycin, Erythrocin, others); glyburide (DiaBeta, in Glucovance, Micronase, others); certain medications
irregular heartbeat such as amiodarone (Cordarone), procainamide (Procanbid), quinidine, and sotalol
(Betapace, Betapace AF, Sorine); nitrofurantoin (Furadantin, Macrobid, Macrodantin); probenecid (in
Col-Probenecid, Probalan); nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil,
others) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, others); ropinirole (Requip); tacrine (Cognex); theophylline
(Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Uniphyl, others); and tizanidine (Zanaflex). Your doctor may need to change the
doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
If you are taking antacids containing aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide (Maalox, Mylanta,
Tums, others), didanosine (Videx) sucralfate (Carafate), or supplements or multivitamins that contain
or zinc, take these medications 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take Norfloxacin.
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had a prolonged QT interval (a rare
heart problem that may cause irregular heartbeat, fainting or sudden death) or an irregular heartbeat
you have or have ever had nerve problems, a low level of potassium in your blood, a slow heartbeat,
pain, seizures, myasthenia gravis (condition that causes weakness of certain muscles), cerebral
arteriosclerosis (narrowing of blood vessels in or near the brain that can lead to stroke or
or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6PD) deficiency (an inherited blood disorder).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become
pregnant while taking Norfloxacin, call your doctor.
You should know that this medication may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and tiredness. Do not drive
a car, operate machinery, or participate in activities requiring alertness and coordination until you
how Norfloxacin affects you.
Plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (tanning beds and
sunlamps) and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Norfloxacin may make your skin
sensitive to sunlight or ultraviolet light. If your skin becomes reddened, swollen, or blistered, call
If you overdose Generic Norfloxacin and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in