Take all of the ofloxacin that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.
Take ofloxacin with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day to prevent ofloxacin crystals from forming in the urine.
Take ofloxacin on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
Do not take antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum (e.g., Tums or Rolaids), the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate), or vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron or zinc for a minimum of 2 hours before or 2 hours after a dose of ofloxacin. Taking antacids, sucralfate, or vitamin or mineral supplements too close to a dose of ofloxacin can greatly decrease the effects of the antibiotic.
Ofloxacin is an antibiotic in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. Ofloxacin fights bacteria in the body.
Ofloxacin is used to treat various bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and infections of the prostate.
Ofloxacin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Before taking ofloxacin, tell your doctor if you have
kidney disease; or
seizures or epilepsy.
You may not be able to take ofloxacin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.
Ofloxacin is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether ofloxacin will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether ofloxacin passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Ofloxacin is not approved for use by children younger than 12 years of age. Ofloxacin may interfere with bone development.