sparfloxacin-oral, Zagam (cont.)

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).

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you use, especially of: iron, calcium or zinc vitamins or mineral supplements, sucralfate, antacids. Report other drugs which affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation), such as: dofetilide, pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, procainamide, "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide). Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Also report the use of drugs that cause drowsiness such as: sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers, anxiety medicines, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine), narcotic pain medications (e.g., codeine). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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