Information about Norfloxacin
Norfloxacin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.
How norfloxacin works
Norfloxacin is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by inhibiting the DNA replication. .
Common side effects of norfloxacin
Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction.
Available Medicine for Norfloxacin
- ₹10 to ₹49Cipla Ltd3 variant(s)
- ₹26 to ₹49Cipla Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹49Ipca Laboratories Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹23Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹26Alde Medi Impex Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹17Cipla Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹8Natco Pharma Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹60Apex Laboratories Pvt Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹22 to ₹80Elfin Pharma Pvt Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹51 to ₹96Norwest Pharmaceuticals Inc3 variant(s)
Expert advice for Norfloxacin
- Avoid norfloxacin if you have known history of muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis). It may further increase the muscle weakness.
- Do not drink or eat a lot of caffeine-containing products such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola, or chocolate -may increase nervousness, sleeplessness, heart pounding, and anxiety.
- Drink plenty of water or other fluids every day while you are taking norfloxacin.
- Do not start or continue the norfloxacin and consult your doctor if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.
- Avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (tanning beds and sunlamps) and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Norfloxacin may make your skin sensitive to sunlight or ultraviolet light. If your skin becomes reddened, swollen, or blistered, consult your doctor.
- Take norfloxacin at least one hour before or at least two hours after taking antacids (aluminum or magnesium hydroxide), didanosine, sucralfate, supplements or multivitamins that contain iron or zinc, meal or ingestion of milk and/or other dairy products.
- Norfloxacin can cause dizziness and light-headedness and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.
- Norfloxacin is associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. it should be used carefully in patients over 60 years of age, in patients taking steroids corticosteroid drugs, in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants to minimize this risk.
Frequently asked questions for Norfloxacin
Q. Is norfloxacin an antibiotic?
Yes, norfloxacin is an antibiotic and belongs to a class of medicines called fluoroquinolones.
Q. What does norfloxacin treat?
Norfloxacin is used to treat upper and lower, complicated and uncomplicated, acute and chronic urinary tract infections which includes infections of the urinary bladder, prostate, kidney and infections associated with the surgery of these organs caused by bacteria which can be killed by norfloxacin. Please take advice of your doctor before starting antibiotics for any infections.
Q. Is norfloxacin same as ciprofloxacin?
Norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin belong to the same class of medicines known as fluoroquinolones and act by the same mechanism, however, they are not same, they are active against different bacteria and they behave differently in the body.
Q. Is norfloxacin same as penicillin?
No, norfloxacin is not same as penicillin. They are two different medicines and belong to two different class of medicines. Norfloxacin belongs to the class of fluoroquinolones and penicillin belongs to the group of beta-lactam antibiotics.
Q. Is norfloxacin used for the treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI)?
Yes, norfloxacin is indicated for the treatment urinary tract infection (UTI). Please consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics as the infection should be properly identified by the doctor before the start of any antibiotics.
Q. Is norfloxacin used to treat diarrhea?
No, norfloxacin is not indicated to treat diarrhea unless advised by your doctor.
Q. Is norfloxacin safe during pregnancy?
The safe use of norfloxacin in pregnant women has not been established. There have been reports of harmful effects in the animal studies on the fetus. It is therefore not recommended to use norfloxacin during pregnancy.
Q. Is norfloxacin safe during breastfeeding?
It is not known whether norfloxacin is excreted in human milk. It is not recommended to use norfloxacin during breastfeeding.
Q. Is norfloxacin a penicillin?
No, norfloxacin is not a penicillin. Norfloxacin belongs to a class of medicines known as fluoroquinolones.
Q. Can I take norfloxacin with ibuprofen?
Combined use of any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID; pain killer) with a quinolone may increase the risk of central nervous system (brain) stimulation and seizures (fits). Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together as ibuprofen belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and norfloxacin is a quinolone and hence effects on the brain may occur.
Q. Can I take norfloxacin with paracetamol?
Combined use of any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID; pain killer) with a quinolone may increase the risk of central nervous system (brain) stimulation and seizures (fits). Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together as paracetamol belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and norfloxacin is a quinolone and hence effects on the brain may occur.<br>
Q. Can I take norfloxacin with dimenhydrinate?
Norfloxacin can be taken with dimenhydrinate. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.<br>
Q. Can I take norfloxacin with food?
Norfloxacin should be taken at least one hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take norfloxacin with a glass of water. Drink plenty of fluids while taking norfloxacin.
Q. Can I take norfloxacin for chest infection?
No, it is not recommended to take norfloxacin for treating a chest infection. Please consult a doctor for the treatment of your chest infections, so that antibiotics can be given as per the underlying infections.
Q. Does norfloxacin contain sulphur?
No, norfloxacin does not contain sulphur.
Q. Does norfloxacin affect birth control?
Norfloxacin does not seem to affect birth control, as no drug interactions have been reported between norfloxacin and oral birth control pills. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking any medicine if you are taking birth control pills as you may need to use extra protection.
Q. Does norfloxacin treat typhoid?
No, norfloxacin is not indicated for the treatment of typhoid.
Q. Does norfloxacin cause constipation?
No, norfloxacin has not been reported to cause constipation. Please consult your doctor in case you experience this side effect while taking norfloxacin.
Q. Does norfloxacin treat chlamydia infections?
No, norfloxacin is not active against the chlamydia group of organisms, hence it is not used to treat infections caused by chlamydia.
Q. Does norfloxacin expire?
Yes, norfloxacin does expire. All the medicines come with an expiry date mentioned on the pack. You must check the expiry date before using any medicine.