gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution (eye drops)
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02257270 ||ZYMAR OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Gatifloxacin belongs to the class of medications known as fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are used to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat eye infections called bacterial conjunctivitis in people one year of age and older. It works by killing the bacteria that causes the infection.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
Gatifloxacin eye drops are usually used for a period of one week. On days 1 and 2, use one drop every 2 hours in the infected eye(s) while awake, up to 8 times a day. On days 3 to 7, use one drop 4 times a day while awake. You should space the doses evenly throughout the day.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you the correct method of applying eye drops.
To use the eye drops:
- Wash your hands before using the medication.
- Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.
- Gently pull down the lower eyelid, creating a small pocket.
- Turn the bottle upside down and gently apply one drop into the affected eye.
- Let go of the lower lid and close your eyes for half a minute.
Take care to avoid contaminating the tip of the eye dropper. If you wear contact lenses, you should stop wearing them while you have the eye infection.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of sterile, clear, pale yellow colored, isotonic, unbuffered ophthalmic solution contains gatifloxacin 3 mg/mL (0.3%). Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride 0.005% (as preservative), edetate disodium, purified water, and sodium chloride. May contain hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide to adjust pH (target pH of 6).
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to gatifloxacin or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to any fluoroquinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin)