trovafloxacin mesylate, Trovan

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

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What is trovafloxacin mesylate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

: Many common infections in humans are caused by single cell organisms, called bacteria. Bacteria can grow and multiply, infecting different parts of the body. Medicines that control and eradicate these bacteria are called antibiotics. Trovafloxacin is an antibiotic that stops multiplication of bacteria by preventing the reproduction and repair of their genetic material (DNA). It is among a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, a class that includes ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and lomefloxacin (Maxaquin). Trovafloxacin was approved by the FDA in 1997.

Pfizer withdrew Trovan from Markets worldwide in 2001 because of the risk of fatal liver failure.

What brand names are available for trovafloxacin mesylate?

Trovan (Discontinued)

Is trovafloxacin mesylate available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

Do I need a prescription for trovafloxacin mesylate?

Yes

What are the side effects of trovafloxacin mesylate?

The most frequently reported side effects associated with trovafloxacin include abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, itching, and rash.

Trovafloxacin as well as other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, has been associated with tendinitis and even rupture of tendons, particularly the Achilles tendon. Some physicians recommend that their patients discontinue vigorous exercise while they are taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

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