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Sparfloxacin is used for the treatment of infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, infections of the ear-nose-throat, sinus and other infections of the respiratory tract caused by bacterial infections.

How it works

Sparfloxacin belongs to a class of drugs called as quinolone antibiotics. It acts by inhibiting the bacterial DNA gyrase enzyme (that allows replication of DNA), thereby killing the bacteria, reducing its multiplication and curing the infection.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Loss of sense of taste, Diarrhoea, Dry mouth, Flatulence, Indigestion, Insomnia, Nausea, Rash, Increased sensitivity to light, Vomiting, Itching, Abnormal heart rhythm


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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor before taking this drug if you have heart or kidney problems, diseases such as cancer or schizophrenia, seizures or sensitivity to sunlight (UV rays).
  • Consult your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, planning for pregnancy, or breast feeding.
  • Sparfloxacin is not recommended for children below 18 years of age.
  • Minimize exposure to sunlight, wear protective clothing or apply sunscreen when outdoors to prevent phototoxicity (sunlight induced skin rashes) while taking this drug.
  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug if you are taking other medicines such as tricyclic antidepressants, anti-arrythmic agents, phenothiazines or cisapride.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is sparfloxacin used for?
Sparfloxacin is used for the treatment of various infections such as ENT infections, pneumonia, or tuberculosis.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)