Antibiotic Ocuflox (ofloxacin)
This medicine is an antibiotic and is used to treat bacterial infections. It prevents the growth of bacteria by killing the bacteria or stopping the growth.
Composition of Ocuflox:
It is a 0.3 percent is a sterile ophthalmic solution. This medicine contains the following active components ofloxacin 0.3 percent (3 miligram/mililitre).It also contains a preservative (0.005 percent ) benzalkonium chloride. It also contains following inactive ingredients sodium chloride and purified water. It may also contain sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid to adjust pH.
Uses of Ocuflox:
It is used for the treatment of eye infections associated with corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis.
Side- Effects of Ocuflox:
This medicine like any other has its side effects. The patients can report no, or minor side effects of this medicine. Some of the common side effects are listed below:
- Burning sensation in eye
- Blurred vision
- Redness in eye
- Dry eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Facial Edema
- Conjunctival hyperemia
Apart from these side effects, some of them may require immediate medical attention. Some of these side effects are allergic reactions, itching, unable to breathe, tightness in chest, hives, rash, swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue, fever, sore throat, chills, loss of consciousness, bad taste in mouth and redness. Any chances of serious side effects is not expected to occur, while using this medicine.
Contraindications of Ocuflox:
It is important that you contact a doctor before using this medicine. The doctor will check your medical history and would like to know if you have any allergies. If you are allergic to this medicine or to any inactive ingredients of this medicine, let the doctor know. The doctor will only prescribe this medicine if the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Also, let your doctor if you have a history of eye problems. This medicine should not be used for subconjunctival injection and over use of this medicine can result in growth of nonsusceptible organisms. Make sure that you use the medicine for the complete duration of the treatment. This is important because if you stop using this medicine, it may not cure the infection completely and the bacteria may become less sensitive to this medicine or others and more difficult to treat in future. As this medicine can cause blurred vision, use this medicine with caution and do not drive or use heavy machinery unless and until you can see clearly again. It should not be used in children younger than 1 year old, as the safety and effectiveness in children below the age has not been confirmed yet.
Pregnancy and Ocuflox:
Before you start using this medicine, make your doctor aware if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is still not known if the medicine is excreted in breast milk.