Gatifloxacin - ophthalmic


Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Gatifloxacin is used to treat an eye infection called conjunctivitis (redness and inflammation of the membranes covering the white part of the eyes) that is caused by bacteria.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Gatifloxacin eye drops solution in the affected eye(s) exactly as directed by your doctor.

To use the eye drop solution:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
  2. Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Look upward and instil the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid. Do not instil directly into the front part (anterior chamber) of the eye.
  3. Close your eyes and do not blink for a few seconds.
  4. Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  5. Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.
If you are wearing contact lenses, you should remove it before applying the eye drop. Wait for 10-15 minutes before reinserting your lenses.

Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

Do not share your eye drops with anyone else.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Gatifloxacin eye drops if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or other similar medicines such as ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.
What side effects could I experience?
Gatifloxacin may cause any of the following side effects: altered taste and eye pain, irritation and tearing.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes or mouth
  • rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store below 25°C, away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
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