Nalidixic Acid

    Information about Nalidixic Acid

    Nalidixic acid uses

    Nalidixic Acid is used in the treatment of bacterial infections
    It is also used in infections of urinary tract, tonsils, sinus, nose, throat, female genital organ, skin and soft tissues, windpipe and lungs (pneumonia).

    How nalidixic acid works

    Nalidixic acid is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by inhibiting the DNA replication.

    Common side effects of nalidixic acid

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

    Available Medicine for Nalidixic Acid

    • ₹20 to ₹25
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹14
      Adcock Ingram Healthcare Pvt Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹28 to ₹36
      Ornate Labs Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Nalidixic Acid

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Nalidixic Acid immediately and consult your doctor. You should not take medicines to stop or slow diarrhoea.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with epilepsy, kidney or heart diseases.

    Frequently asked questions for Nalidixic Acid

    Nalidixic Acid

    Q. How does Nalidixic Acid work/ inhibit bacterial growth /inhibit DNA synthesis?
    It works by killing the bacteria that are causing an infection. It does this by entering the bacterial cells and inhibiting a bacterial enzyme called DNA-gyrase
    Q. How does Nalidixic Acid inhibit DNA synthesis?
    Nalidixic Acid acts by inhibiting DNA synthesis, probably by interfering with DNA polymerisation.
    Q. Is Nalidixic Acid an antibiotic / quinolone / broad spectrum / fluoroquinolone?
    Yes, Nalidixic Acid is a broad spectrum quinolone antibiotic
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    Q. What does Nalidixic Acid target?
    It stops the production of essential proteins needed by bacteria

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)