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Before using Ocuflox, tell your healthcare provider about all your current medications and whether you have any allergies. Other warnings and precautions involve not touching the tip of the Ocuflox container to your eye (this will help prevent the spread of bacteria). If you are allergic to any of the drug's ingredients, or to other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, you should not use this product.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Ocuflox® (ofloxacin ophthalmic solution) 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
  • Breastfeeding.
     
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Ocuflox

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with this drug include the following:
 
  • Ocuflox does not kill all types of organisms that may cause eye infections. In rare cases, overgrowth of these nonsusceptible organisms may occur with long-term Ocuflox use, leading to a second infection, such as a fungal infection. If your eye infection seems to worsen, or has not gotten better within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
     
  • Some people may experience a severe allergic reaction from fluoroquinolones such as Ocuflox. Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, including:
     
    • A rash or hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
    • Throat tightness
    • A rapid heartbeat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
     
  • You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis. The use of contact lenses may worsen your infection. Ask your healthcare provider when you can start wearing contacts again.
     
  • Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, may spread easily. To help limit the spread of the infection, do not touch the tip of the Ocuflox container to your eye. Also make sure you wash your hands often while using this medicine, especially after you touch your eyes.
     
  • Ocuflox is unlikely to react with other medications (see Ocuflox Drug Interactions).
     
  • This product is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ocuflox and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is unknown if Ocuflox passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment (see Ocuflox and Breastfeeding).
     
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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