Noroxin is a brand name for norfloxacin, a synthetic antibacterial agent.
How It Works
Norfloxacin is considered a broad spectrum antibiotic and a quinolone antibiotic effective against both Gram positive and negative bacteria (bacteria with or without cell walls). This antibiotic agent penetrates the cell nuclei of bacteria and disrupts DNA replication. This prevents the bacterial cell from multiplying. The infection this stops spreading, and clears when the bacteria eventually die.
Noroxin is associated with severe adverse reactions, so it’s approved only for use in a handful of bacterial infections, despite its broad spectrum effectiveness.
Noroxin may be prescribed to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections (including cystitis), complicated UTIs on a restricted basis, and prostatitis. Noroxin is approved for use in uncomplicated urethral and cervical gonorrhea and syphilis. However, due to a lack of substantive clinical evidence regarding effectiveness of Noroxin against these infections, this antibiotic is no longer prescribed to treat sexually transmitted diseases.
Dosage of Noroxin will vary from individual to individual depending on various factors. Your physician will prescribe you the correct dose of the antibiotic after assessing your condition and medical history.
Take Noroxin exactly as the doctor tells you to. Do not deviate from the prescribed dosage or schedule. Doing so will make the treatment ineffective. Do not stop treatment earlier than advised. The infection may return.
Noroxin should be taken by the mouth, usually twice a day. You should swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water. Continue to drink plenty of fluids when taking Noroxin, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
Don’t take Noroxin with meals. You should wait 2 hours before or after taking Noroxin to consume food or dairy products like milk and yogurt.
Even and space out the interval time between doses. The recommended interval between doses is 12 hours. Take the medication same time each day to keep a consistence dose present in your body.
Avoid consuming these products 2 hours before or after taking your daily Noroxin doses: vitamins and minerals including iron and zinc; products that contain magnesium, aluminum, or calcium (examples include antacids, calcium fortified orange juice); quinapril and sucralfate.
The above products may obstruct how the body absorbs Noroxin.
You may experience any of the following side effects when taking Noroxin:
Do not take Noroxin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug. If you are allergic to other quinolone antibiotics, you will be likely allergic to Noroxin as well.
Noroxin can have a dangerous effect on parts of the body when not use properly. Tell your doctor if you have experienced any of these conditions in the past: joint or tendon problems (such as bursitis or tendonitis), kidney disease, muscle condition known as myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy or similar nerve problems, seizures or epilepsy.
Do not consume large amounts of caffeine or caffeine containing products like coffee. Noroxin may enhance the effects of caffeine in a manner that is dangerous to your health.