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Factive Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Factive is an antibiotic. It is used to treat adults 18 years or older with bronchitis or pneumonia (lung infections) caused by certain bacteria (germs). Factive does not treat germs called viruses. A virus causes the common cold. Gemifloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Gemifloxacin is bactericidal with minimum bactericidal concentrations generally within one dilution of the minimum inhibitory concentrations. Gemifloxacin acts by inhibiting DNA synthesis through inhibition of the bacterial type II topoisomerases, DNA gyrase, and/or topoisomerase IV (TOPO IV) which are both essential for bacterial growth.

Factive Dosage

  • If you have bronchitis, then the usual starting dosage is one 320-milligram tablet once a day for 5 days.
  • If you have pneumonia, then you should be taken medicine once a day for 7 days.

Uses of Factive

  • This medication is used to treat various type of bacterial infections.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Factive

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Factive.

  • More common side effects may include:
    Diarrhea, headache, nausea, rash

Warnings and precautions before taking Factive:

  • Factive should not be used in children under the age of 18.
  • Factive may cause a rare heart problem called prolongation of the QTc interval in some people. This condition can cause an abnormal heartbeat and result in sudden death.
  • Factive can cause a condition called photoxicity. Photoxicity can make your skin sunburn easier. Do not use a sunlamp or tanning bed while taking Factive. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
  • Before taking this medicine, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin.

Drug Interaction :-

No significant drug-drug interactions were seen with theophylline, digoxin, oral contraceptives, cimetidine, omeprazole, and warfarin (patients receiving a quinolone concomitantly with warfarin should be monitored closely)

Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have taken too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a gemifloxacin overdose may include loss of balance or coordination, chills or shivering, or seizure (convulsions).


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