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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Gatifloxacin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Gatifloxacin Work?

Like other quinolones, gatifloxacin kills certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes called topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase. Bacteria need these enzymes to copy and repair DNA, which are important steps for the bacteria to multiply.

When and How to Use This Medication

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 use gatifloxacin, 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 spread of the 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.
  • This medication should only be used in the eye. Do not take gatifloxacin 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 gatifloxacin too soon may cause your symptoms to return or the bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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