GENERIC NAME: SPARFLOXACIN - ORAL (spar-FLOX-uh-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Zagam
USES: This medication is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, usually of the respiratory tract (lungs).
HOW TO USE: This medication comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. This drug may be taken with or without food, usually once daily with plenty of fluids. Follow directions exactly. Take this medication 4 hours before taking any medications containing magnesium or aluminum. Some examples include quinapril, didanosine, vitamins/minerals, and antacids. Sucralfate, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc are also included. These medications bind with sparfloxacin preventing its full absorption. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Do this by taking the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night. Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow resulting in a relapse of the infection.
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