What is the antibiotic Avelox prescribed for?

Avelox is an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of adults with bacterial infections of the lungs, sinuses and skin. It does not work for viral infections (for example, the common cold).

There are some people that should not take Avelox?

Avelox should not be used in individuals who:

  • have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any of the quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin.
  • have certain heart irregularities (prolonged QT interval) seen on an electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • have untreated low blood potassium
  • are taking certain medicines to treat an irregular heartbeat

General Precautions to take when on Avelox:

  • Individuals who take Avelox should not drive or operate heavy machinery until they know that Avelox does not cause them to get dizzy.
  • Individuals who take Avelox should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Although not reported with Avelox, certain other quinolones increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, and severe sunburn may result. Call your doctor if you experience severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after exposure to the sun while taking Avelox.

What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or if you are currently breast feeding. It is not known if there are any effects on unborn children or nursing infants, but it is better to be on the safe side with this kind of medication.
  • Review ALL medications that you are taking with your doctor, including those that you take without a prescription. Avelox can interact with other medicines, including multivitamins. To avoid possible additive drug effects, Avelox should not be taken together with certain medications (such as quinidine, procainamide, sotolol, and amiodarone) that affect heart the electrocardiogram test. In theory, this could result in a dangerous heart rhythm disturbance.
  • Some medicines also produce an effect on the electrocardiogram test, including cisapride, erythromycin, some antidepressants and some antipsychotic drugs. These may increase the risk of heart beat problems when taken with Avelox. For this reason it is important to let your doctor know all of the medicines that you are using.

What side effects can you expect when taking Avelox? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Avelox. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of possible side effects and drug interactions..)

The side effects of Avelox are generally mild, but serious side effects have been reported in people taking this class of drugs. These reactions may occur after taking just one dose. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop taking Avelox and call your doctor:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • central nervous system (CNS) side effects including: seizures, dizziness, confusion, tremors, hallucinations, depression, or suicidal thoughts
  • pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon

Some other side effects that you may experience while on this medication are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

For more detailed information about Avelox, ask your doctor.

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