norfloxacin, Noroxin

GENERIC NAME: norfloxacin

BRAND NAME: Noroxin

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Norfloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Other fluoroquinolones include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and ofloxacin (Floxin). Norfloxacin works by blocking DNA gyrase enzyme, which is responsible for production and repair of bacterial DNA. Blocking of DNA gyrase leads to bacteria death and prevents worsening of infection. Norfloxacin treats infections caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria like Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Citrobacter freundii, Enterobacter aerogenes, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Serratia marcescens. FDA approved the brand name norfloxacin (Noroxin) in October 1986.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Not in US, in Canada

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 400 mg

STORAGE: Store norfloxacin tablets between temperatures of 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F), in a tightly closed container.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Norfloxacin is used for treatment of susceptible organisms causing urinary tract infections, prostatitis, and gonorrhea.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2014



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