Precautions and Warnings With Gatifloxacin
You may need to take certain precautions with gatifloxacin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, people who are allergic to fluoroquinolones will need to use a different drug. Other warnings for gatifloxacin include watching for severe allergic reactions to this product and taking care to avoid contaminating the surface of the applicator.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking gatifloxacin (Zymar®, Zymaxid™) if you have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
- Gatifloxacin comes as an ophthalmic solution (eye drop). It is made for use in the eyes only. Do not take it by mouth.
- This medication does not kill all types of organisms that may cause an eye infection. Sometimes, long-term use may cause an infection from these nonsusceptible organisms, such as a fungal infection. If you notice signs of a second infection, or if your infection does not get better or gets worse, contact your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
- Although some eye irritation may occur with gatifloxacin use, it should be temporary. Let your healthcare provider know if you experience extreme or persistent eye irritation.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis, or while using gatifloxacin eye drops. Wearing contact lenses may make your infection worse.
- Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, spread easily. Wash your hands frequently while using this medicine, especially if you touch your eyes. Also, keep the medication container clean and free from germs. Do not touch the tip of the container to your eye, fingers, or other surfaces.
- Some people may experience a severe allergic reaction with fluoroquinolones such as gatifloxacin. Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- Any rash or hives
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Throat tightness
- A rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing.
- Gatifloxacin is unlikely to react with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Gatifloxacin).
- This product is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Gatifloxacin and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if gatifloxacin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Gatifloxacin and Breastfeeding).