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What Is Gatifloxacin?

Gatifloxacin (Zymar®, Zymaxid™) is a medication approved for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis -- more commonly known as pink eye. It works by interfering with two important enzymes bacteria need in order to multiply. This eye drop is typically used two to eight times a day for seven days.
Although most people have no problems with gatifloxacin, it is not appropriate for all situations. People who are allergic to fluoroquinolones, for example, will need to use a different medication. In addition, you cannot wear contact lenses during treatment. Your healthcare provider will tell you when you can use contacts again.
(Click Gatifloxacin to learn more about this prescription drug, including side effects to watch for during treatment and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
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