Floxin is a popular brand medicine that has active component Ofloxacin, which is a member of a group of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics. It is been manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc Corporation, the renowned pharmaceutical company. It is made available in dosages of 200 mg and 400 mg. This drug is offered in the form of a conventional tablet form.
Manufacturer: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc
Active Ingredient: Active component of this medication is an Ofloxacin. This active component is a fluoroquinolone antibacterial antibiotic. This drug acts by binding to and inhibiting bacterial topoisomerase II as well as topoisomerase IV. These enzymes involved in DNA replication and repair leads to cell death in sensitive bacterial species. It is an oxazinoquinolone carrying carboxy, fluoro, methyl and 4-methylpiperazino substituents. This antibacterial agent inhibits the supercoiling activity of bacterial DNA gyrase, halting DNA replication. It plays the role of a DNA synthesis inhibitor, an anti-infective agent and an antibacterial drug.
Indications: This medication is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Floxin is indicated to treat bacterial infections of the skin, lungs, prostate, or urinary tract. This medication is also approved for the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease and chlamydia and/or gonorrhea. This antibiotic drug can cause serious or disabling side effects that may not be reversible. It should be used only for infections that cannot be treated with a safer antibiotic.
Action Mechanism: Given medication belongs to a group of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. This drug works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Floxin antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It is not recommended to treat viral infections like common cold and influenza.
Dosages: This quinolone antibiotic is available for oral administration in dosages as given below:
- 200 mg: This drug is advisable to take with or without food as directed by the doctor, usually twice a day or every 12 hours
- 400 mg: It is to be administered twice a day with or without food as mentioned in the prescription by the doctor
Note: This drug can cause serious side effects, like tendon problems, nerve damage, serious mood or behavior changes, or low blood sugar.