What is the antibiotic Tequin used for?
Tequin is an antibiotic that doctors prescribe to treat adults with lung, sinus, or urinary tract infections and some types of sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacteria. Tequin, like all other antibiotics, does not kill viruses and should not be taken for viral infections.
The sexually transmitted disease called gonorrhea is one of the STD’s that is treated by Tequin.
There are some people that should not take Tequin?
You should not take Tequin if you:
- have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any medicine in the group of antibiotics known as “quinolones” such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin (levofloxacin).
- have a rare condition known as congenital prolongation of the QTc interval. If any of your family members have this condition, you should inform your doctor.
- have a condition known as hypokalemia (low blood potassium). Hypokalemia may be caused by medicines called diuretics such as furosemide and hydrochlorthiazide. If you are taking a diuretic you should speak with your doctor.
- are taking certain medicines to treat an irregular heartbeat.
General Precautions to take when on Tequin:
- Individuals who take Tequin should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know that Tequin does not cause you to get dizzy.
- Individuals who take Tequin should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Although not reported with Tequin, 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 Tequin.
There are some things that you should tell your doctor when taking this medication:
- 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.
- tell your doctor what medications you are taking, including those that you take without a prescription. Tequin can interact with other medicines, including multivitamins. To avoid possible additive drug effects, Tequin 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 Tequin. 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 Tequin? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Tequin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of possible side effects and drug interactions..)
The side effects of Tequin 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 Tequin 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
Tequin is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects that can occur when taking Tequin are usually mild, and include:
- Stomach pain
For more detailed information about Tequin, ask your doctor.