Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Factive
Generic Name: gemifloxacin (Pronunciation: JEM i FLOX a sin)
What is gemifloxacin (Factive)?
Gemifloxacin is an antibiotic in a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones (flor-o-KWIN-o-lones). Gemifloxacin fights bacteria in the body.
Gemifloxacin is used to treat different types of bacterial infections.
Gemifloxacin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of gemifloxacin (Factive)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using gemifloxacin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about gemifloxacin (Factive)?
You should not use this medication if you have a history of myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to gemifloxacin or similar antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and others.
Before taking gemifloxacin, tell your doctor if you have a heart rhythm disorder, kidney disease, joint problems, muscle weakness or trouble breathing, a history of seizures, low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood, a nerve disorder or history of circulation problems, a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.
Gemifloxacin may cause swelling or tearing of a tendon (the fiber that connects bones to muscles in the body), especially in the Achilles' tendon of the heel. These effects may be more likely to occur if you are over 60, if you take steroid medication, or if you have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant. Stop taking gemifloxacin and call your doctor at once if you have sudden pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or movement problems in any of your joints. Rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions.
Do not share this medication with another person (especially a child), even if they have the same symptoms you do.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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