Zymaxid Warnings and Precautions

Although rare, severe allergic reactions are known to occur with Zymaxid -- sometimes after just one use. It's important to report signs of such problems to your healthcare provider, such as rash hives, and wheezing. Other Zymaxid warnings and precautions apply to people with certain allergies, people who wear contact lenses, and women who may be pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Zymaxid?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Zymaxid™ (gatifloxacin) 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 Zymaxid

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this eye drop include the following:
 
  • Zymaxid is a topical eye medication. It is made for use in the eyes.
     
  • This product does not kill all types of organisms that may cause an eye infection. Also, sometimes long-term use of this medication may cause a second infection to occur, such as a fungal infection. If you notice signs of another infection, or if your infection does not get better or seems to worsen, contact your healthcare provider. You may need a different medicine.
     
  • Although some eye irritation may occur with Zymaxid, it should be temporary. Let your healthcare provider know, however, if you experience extreme or persistent eye irritation.
     
  • You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis or while using Zymaxid. Wearing contact lenses may make your infection worse.
     
  • Keep the tip of the bottle clean, and free from germs. Do not touch it to any surface, including your eyes, fingers, or face.
     
  • Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, spread easily. Make sure to wash your hands often while using Zymaxid, especially if you happen to touch your eyes.
     
  • Zymaxid is a fluoroquinolone, and such drugs may cause a severe allergic reaction in some people, which can occur even after just one dose. Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, including:
     
    • Rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
    • Throat tightness
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 
  • Zymaxid is unlikely to react with other medications (see Zymaxid Drug Interactions).
     
  • This eye drop 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 Zymaxid and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is unknown if Zymaxid passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, check with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Zymaxid and Breastfeeding).
     
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