Quinolones, Oral/Iron Salts, Oral (mono deleted 12/01/2011)
This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.
Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
When these two medicines are taken together, iron may prevent your body from absorbing your antibiotic properly.
What might happen:
The ability of your antibiotic to fight infection will decrease.
What you should do about this interaction:
You should time when you take your iron so that you do not take it: --for 6 hours before or 2 hours after ciprofloxacin. --for 3 hours before or 2 hours after gemifloxacin. --for 2 hours before or 2 hours after levofloxacin. --for 2 hours before or 2 hours after lomefloxacin. --within 8 hours before or 4 hours after moxifloxacin. --for 2 hours before or 2 hours after nalidixic acid. --for 2 hours before or 2 hours after norfloxacin. --for 2 hours before or 2 hours after ofloxacin. --for 2 hours before or 2 hours after trovafloxacin.If you are not sure which antibiotic you are on or if you have questions about the timing of doses of your medicine, contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist). They may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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2.Factive (gemifloxacin mesylate) US prescribing information. Oscient Pharmaceuticals February, 2011.
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7.Noroxin (norfloxacin) US prescribing information. Merck & Co., Inc. September, 2011.
8.Floxin (ofloxacin) US prescribing information. Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. February, 2011.
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