ofloxacin, Floxin (Discontinued Brand)

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GENERIC NAME: ofloxacin

BRAND NAME: Floxin (discontinued brand)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ofloxacin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics which includes levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trovafloxacin (Trovan) and others. Ofloxacin stops the multiplication of bacteria by inhibiting the reproduction and repair of their genetic material (DNA). The FDA approved ofloxacin in December 1990.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 200, 300, and 400mg.

STORAGE: Ofloxacin should be stored in a closed container at 15-30 C (59-86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ofloxacin is used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. It also is used in treating skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. Ofloxacin is used to treat sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, but is not effective against syphilis. Ofloxacin is used often to treat urinary infections and prostate infections caused by E. Coli. Some strains of Streptococcus, Enterococcus, and anaerobic bacteria are resistant to ofloxacin.




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