Active substances: Norfloxacin
This is because your body absorbs less norfloxacin after a meal, which means the medicine is less effective. Try to space out the doses over the day - so ideally, take a dose every 12 hours. Do not drink milk or take indigestion remedies or medicines containing iron or zinc such as multivitamin tablets during the two hours before you take norfloxacin, or during the two hours after you have taken a dose.
This is because these things interfere with the way norfloxacin is absorbed by your body, and stop it from working fully. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless your next dose is due.
If your next dose is due then take the dose which is due but leave out the forgotten one. Do not take two tablets together to make up for a missed dose.
Even if you feel your infection has cleared up, keep taking the antibiotic until the course is finished unless you are told to stop by your doctor.
This is to prevent the infection from coming back. If you have a long-term chronic infection, your course of treatment will be for longer than this, possibly for 1-3 months.
If you still feel unwell after finishing the course of tablets, go back to see your doctor.
Getting the most from your treatment Remember to keep any routine appointments with your doctor. This is so your progress can be monitored.
Protect your skin by using a sunscreen, particularly if you are exposed to strong sunlight for a prolonged period of time.
It licensed use in acute and chronic complicated kidney infections has been withdrawn as a result.
CHMP stated that doctors should not prescribe oral norfloxacin for complicated pyelonephritis and should consider switching patients already taking oral norfloxacin for this type of infection to an alternative antibiotic.
Contraindications As noted above, under licensed use, norfloxacin is also now considered to be contraindicated for the treatment of certain sexually transmitted diseases by some experts due to bacterial resistance.
Patients taking any of these drugs concomitantly with norfloxacin should be carefully monitored. Pregnancy Norfloxacin has been reported to rapidly cross the blood-placenta and blood-milk barrier, and is extensively distributed into the fetal tissues.
For this reason norfloxacin and other fluoroquinolones are contraindicated during pregnancy due to the risk of spontaneous abortions and birth defects.
The manufacturer only recommends use of norfloxacin during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.