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Lomefloxacin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria, especially lower respiratory tract infections and urinary tract infections.

How it works

Lomefloxacin belongs to a group of medicines called fluoroquinolones. It is a second generation antibiotic which is active against gram-negative bacteria and chlamydia. It inhibits the bacteria from multiplying in body thus providing relief from bacterial infections.

Common side effects

Nausea, Increased sensitivity to light, Liver injury, Confusion, Convulsion, Diarrhoea, Drowsiness, Hallucination, Headache, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Ringing in ear, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease or suffer from fits (epilepsy/seizures).
  • Do not drive or operate machinery while taking lomefloxacin as it may cause dizziness. 
  • Avoid excess exposure to sunlight while on this treatment as it may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. Take lomefloxacin at least 12 hours before exposure to the sun to reduce the risk of sensitivity to the sun.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe diarrhea, stomach pain/cramps, or bloody stools.
  • Do not take lomefloxacin if you experience pain, swelling, or tearing of a tendon. Take plenty of rest and do not exercise until you feel fine. 
  • Ensure that medicines such as sucralfate, antacids containing magnesium or aluminium, vitamin/mineral supplements containing zinc or iron are consumed before/after at least 2 hours after taking lomefloxacin.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant/are planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is lomefloxacin hydrochloride?
Lomefloxacin hydrochloride is an antibiotic belonging to the fluoroquinolones group of medicines. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria in lower respiratory tract (eg. bronchitis) and urinary tract.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)