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Pefloxacin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

How it works

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

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Abdominal pain, Allergy, Joint pain, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Headache, Insomnia, Itching, Muscle pain, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Always take pefloxacin along with food. 
  • Avoid sun or UV light exposure during pefloxacin therapy as it may cause photosensitivity.
  • Inform your doctor if you are additionally receiving treatment with theophylline, usually for lung diseases, as pefloxacin may cause theophylline toxicity.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you may become pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Content on this page was last updated on 25 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)