IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ENOXACIN - ORAL

(ee-NOX-uh-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Penetrex

USES: This medication is an antibiotic used to treat infections of the urinary tract as well as for gonorrhea.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth at least one hour before or two hours after meals. For best results, take each dose at evenly spaced intervals around the clock. This will ensure a constant level of medication in your blood. Take this medication 2 hours before or 8 hours after taking any products containing calcium, aluminum, or magnesium. Some examples include quinapril, didanosine, vitamins/minerals, and antacids. Dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt), calcium-enriched juice, sucralfate, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc are alsoincluded. These products bind with enoxacin preventing preventing its full absorption. Take this medication for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication.

SIDE EFFECTS: Indigestion, loss of appetite, unusual taste in the mouth, nausea, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, increased sensitivity to the sun, anxiety, trouble sleeping, nervousness or any mental/mood changes may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. To avoid dizziness or lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. This medication may infrequently cause drowsiness. Report promptly: new pain or tenderness (tendonitis) in arms or legs, stomach cramps, bloody stools, vaginal yeast infection, ringing in the ears, seizures. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, fever, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: epilepsy, kidney disease, tendon problems, nervous system disorders, liver disease, blood vessel problems, drug allergies. Use caution driving or performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded. Limit alcohol intake. Because this medication may make you more sensitive to the sun, avoid prolonged sun exposure. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when outdoors. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. You may have to stop nursing or stop using this drug. Consult you doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you use, especially of: digoxin, cyclosporine, theophylline, warfarin, other antibiotics, vitamins/minerals (e.g., calcium, aluminum, magnesium, iron, zinc), quinapril, sucralfate, didanosine, bismuth subsalicylate, antacids, NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen), cimetidine, ranitidine. Limit caffeine intake during therapy since this medication can increase the effects of caffeine. Be aware of caffeine in colas, chocolate and some pain medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

NOTES: This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection or share it with someone else. A different medication may be needed in those cases.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.

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