PRECAUTIONS: Before taking gatifloxacin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, or moxifloxacin; or if you have any other allergies. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain heart rhythm disorders (QTc prolongation), low blood potassium levels. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (e.g., cerebral atherosclerosis, tumors or increased intracranial pressure), diabetes, certain heart problems (e.g., bradycardia, myocardial infarction), kidney disease, mineral imbalance (e.g., low blood magnesium levels), muscle/joint/tendon problems, seizures, family history of certain heart rhythm disorders (QTc prolongation). This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths or sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects (e.g., blood sugar or tendon problems), especially if they are also taking corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, hydrocortisone). Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its possible side effects (e.g., joint/tendon problems). Discuss the risks and benefits with the doctor. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Based on information from related drugs, gatifloxacin may pass into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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