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Composition for GATICA

Gatifloxacin Topical(NA)

food interaction for GATICA

alcohol interaction for GATICA

pregnancy interaction for GATICA

lactation interaction for GATICA

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Gatica drops at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Gatica drops may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Gatica drops is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Gatifloxacin Topical(NA)


Gatica drops is used as a local treatment for bacterial eye infection (conjunctivitis) and ear infections in adults and children older than 1 year of age.

How it works

Gatifloxacin belongs to the class of medications called as fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It inhibits protein synthesis in the susceptible bacteria, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Altered taste, Blurred vision, Eye irritation, Eye redness, Teary eyes, Eyelid swelling, Eye itching, Eye discharge, Eye pain


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Expert advice for GATICA

  • Avoid contact lenses if you have bacterial conjunctivitis or you are applying eye drops. 
  • Inform your doctor about your existing medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines that you use.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as you may have blurred vision after using gatifloxacin topical.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to gatifloxacin or any of its ingredients. 

Frequently asked questions for GATICA

Gatifloxacin Topical

Q. Does gatifloxacin topical contain sulfa?
Gatifloxacin topical does not contain sulfa. It is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.
Q. Is gatifloxacin topical the same as Zymaxid?
Zymaxid is the brand name for gatifloxacin eye solution.
Q. Is gatifloxacin topical the same as ofloxacin?
Both gatifloxacin and ofloxacin are fluoroquinolone antibiotics and have the same mechanism of killing bacteria. Ofloxacin topical is used to treat eye and ear infections, whereas gatifloxacin is used in the form of eye/ear drops for the treatment of eye and ear infections only. They are also different with respect to the side-effects they cause.
Q. Is gatifloxacin topical banned in India?
Gatifloxacin is banned in India for oral/injectable use in humans, however its use as eye/ear drops is not banned.


Content on this page was last updated on 26 November, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)