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Gatifloxacin Dosage

Both adults and children can take the same dosage of gatifloxacin, which is one drop in the infected eye. However, how many times a day the medication should be applied will depend on various factors, such as the gatifloxacin product used. In order to prevent bacterial resistance or a return of symptoms, follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully when using this drug.

An Introduction to Dosing With Gatifloxacin

The dose of gatifloxacin (Zymar®, Zymaxid™) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the specific product used and the severity of your infection. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

General Dosing Guidelines

The standard dose of gatifloxacin eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) is one drop in the infected eye every two hours while awake (up to eight times a day) for one or two days, then one drop up to four times a day for the remainder of treatment. Gatifloxacin is normally used for seven days, and the dosage is usually the same in adults and children.

Important Information on Your Gatifloxacin Dosage

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with gatifloxacin include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally used two to eight times a day for seven days.
  • To apply a gatifloxacin dose, tilt your head back and gently pull the lower lid of your eye down to form a pocket. Place the drops into this pocket.
  • Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after using gatifloxacin to help prevent the spread of infection.
  • It is important to keep the bottle free from contamination and germs. Do not allow the applicator tip to touch any surface, including your fingers or eyes.
  • You should not wear contact lenses while using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider when you may wear contacts again.
  • Gatifloxacin should only be used in the eye. Do not take it by mouth or apply it to your skin.
  • You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting treatment. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish the full course of this medicine. Stopping it too soon may cause your symptoms to return or the bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.
  • For gatifloxacin to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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