Active substances: Norfloxacin
Can norfloxacin cause problems? Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them.
The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with norfloxacin. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine.
The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
Common norfloxacin side-effects What can I do if I experience this?
Feeling sick nausea or being sick vomiting, indigestion, tummy abdominal pain Stick to simple foods - avoid rich or spicy meals Diarrhoea Drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids. If the diarrhoea is severe or continues to be a problem, speak with your pharmacist or doctor for advice Headache Drink plenty of water and ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller.
If the headaches continue, let your doctor know Feeling dizzy Do not drive and do not use tools or machines until you feel well again Rash If this is severe, let your doctor know Important: there are also a number of less common but more serious side-effects which have been associated with norfloxacin.
Speak with your doctor as soon as possible if you experience the following: An allergic-type reaction, such as swelling around your face or mouth, a skin rash, or any difficulty breathing.
Pain or swelling in your joints.
Problems with your vision or with your eyes. How to store norfloxacin Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Figure 1 Sweet's syndrome skin lesions in a woman with classical Sweet's syndrome. Cutaneous lesions of classical Sweet's syndrome on the left hand, left proximal arm and left shoulder in a 48-year-old woman with pyrexia, neutropenia, and a recent respiratory tract infection.
Am Fam Physician 19 :199—204. Full size image Figure 2 a, and c. Tender, red Sweet's syndrome lesions in a woman with the classical form of the dermatosis.
A closer view of the Sweet's syndrome lesions from the woman in Figure 1. The skin lesions improved rapidly after corticosteroid therapy was initiated.Saginur R 1, Nicolle LE. Single-dose compared with 3-day norfloxacin treatment.
There is an erythematous plaque, 5 cm in diameter, with a pseudovesicular appearance on the left shoulder of the patient a. A nodular lesion, 1 cm in diameter, is present on the lateral left arm b. Painful, erythematous, pseudovesicular plaques of acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis are present on the left hand c.
Full size image The diagnostic criteria for classical Sweet's syndrome were originally proposed by Su and Liu in 1986.