Noroxin is an antibiotic which falls under a group of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics. This antibiotic is used to combat several types of bacterial infections. It is effective against many gram- negative as well as gram- positive bacteria. Noroxin stops the growth of bacteria.
One thing to be noted is that Noroxin is only active against bacterial infection. It does not work against viral infections.
Uses of Noroxin
Noroxin is used in:
- Urinary Tract Infection (both complicated and uncomplicated)
- E.coli infections
Side- Effects of Noroxin
The side- effects of Noroxin include:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach upset
- Abdominal cramps
Contraindications of Noroxin
Noroxin is contraindicated in several conditions like:
- Drug Allergy: If you are allergic to some active ingredient of Noroxin or any fluroquinolone antibiotic (for ex: levofloxacin) do not use Noroxin.
- Myasthenia gravis: Patients with history of Myasthenia gravis must not take Noroxin.
- Tendonitis: Patients who suffer from tendonitis (inflammation of tendon) or those who have a history tendon rupture due to Noroxin or any other fluroquinolone must not take Noroxin.
- Antiarrhythmic Medications: Patients who are already taking antiarrhythmic medications like amidarone, sotalol, procainaminde, etc; or nitrofurantoin must not take Noroxin.
To ensure a safe use of Noroxin specify your doctor:
- If you take any sort of prescription or nonprescription medicine, dietary supplement or herbal preparation.
- Any kind of allergy with food or medicine.
- If you have a history of nervous problems, liver problems, muscle problem, seizures, Alzheimer disease, stomach infections, blood problems, skin sensitivity to sun, persistent or severe diarrhea, arthritis, renal problem, lung transplant, G6PD problems or cardiac issues.
- If you have a family history of cardiac problem, irregular heartbeat (for ex QT prolongation) or low potassium level.
- If you take corticosteroids.
- If you workout vigorously.
Pregnancy and Noroxin
Though the effects of Noroxin on pregnancy and breastfeeding are not known, but you must tell your doctor beforehand if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. You should also tell him if you breast- feed a baby.
Drug Interactions with Noroxin
Noroxin may show adverse effects if taken along with:
- Antiarrhythmics like disopyramide, amiodarone, sotalol, dofetilide quinidine, etc.
- Ketolide antibiotics like erythromycin, telithromycin, etc.
- Diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide
- Tricyclic antidepressants like amitriiptyline
- Drugs for mood and metal disorder
- Drugs that affect heartbeat
- NSAIDS like ibuprofen
- Corticosteroids like prednisone
- Live vaccine or mycophenolate
- Anticoagulants like warfarin
- Cyclosporine, clozapine, methotrexate,SNRIs (serotonin- norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) like venlafaxine, ropinirole, tacrine, tizanidine, theophyllines or sulfonylureas like glyburide.