gatifloxacin ophthalmic (cont.)
What happens if I miss a dose (Zymar)?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Zymar)?
You may rinse the eyes with warm water if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of gatifloxacin ophthalmic is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.
What should I avoid while using gatifloxacin ophthalmic (Zymar)?
You should not wear contact lenses while you still have active symptoms of the eye infection you are treating.
Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Avoid caffeine while you are using gatifloxacin, because the medication can make the effects of caffeine stronger.
What other drugs will affect gatifloxacin ophthalmic (Zymar)?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on gatifloxacin used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Uniphyl);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
- cyclosporine used in the eyes (Restasis) or taken by mouth (Neoral, Sandimmune, Gengraf).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with gatifloxacin ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about gatifloxacin ophthalmic.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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