sparfloxacin-oral, Zagam (cont.)
SIDE EFFECTS: Most side effects are mild to moderate in intensity and disappear during treatment. Diarrhea, drowsiness, nausea, headache, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, or stomach pain may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor immediately. Report immediately: skin irritation/swelling, rash, redness, itching (possible sun sensitivity reaction or allergy). Unlikely but report: vaginal discomfort. Very unlikely but report: seizures, mood/mental changes, eye problems, unusual change in amount of urine, fever, rash, muscle/joint pain, trouble breathing, yellowing eyes/skin, unusual bleeding/bruising. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: fainting, irregular heartbeat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history, especially including any allergies, previous drug reactions (rash) to sunlight, kidney disease, heart conditions, certain mental conditions (psychosis), blood vessel disease (carotid arteries), brain disorders (e.g., seizures or or cancer) or tendon problems. This drug is not used in people who must be exposed to sunlight as part of job or lifestyle. Exposure to direct or indirect sunlight, tanning lamps, etc., should be avoided for the entire treatment period and five days beyond. Only sunscreens which block UV-A rays (e.g., octocrylene or Parsol-1789 containing products) have been effective protection, along with adequate clothing. Limit alcohol, since this drug could cause drowsiness and alcohol can intensify this effect. Caution performing tasks requiring mental alertness until you know the effect of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into human milk. It is advised to either stop the drug or stop breast-feeding. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. This antibiotic is not recommended for use in persons under 18 years old. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection).
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