Gatifloxacin is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye.
Use Gatifloxacin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the dosage and course of the treatment depending on the type of your infection.
To use the eye drop solution:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
- Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Look upward and instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid.
- Close your eyes and do not blink for the next 30 seconds.
- Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
- Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.
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.
If you have been given any other eye drops or medicines to be used together with Gatifloxacin, wait for at least 5 minutes before using the other 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 apply your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Do not use Gatifloxacin eye drops if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Gatifloxacin or other similar medicines.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove it before using Gatifloxacin eye drops. Wait for at least 15 minutes before reinserting your lenses.
Gatifloxacin may cause any of the following side effects: headache, altered sense of taste, pain, discomfort, swelling, redness and tearing of the eyes.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using Gatifloxacin and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
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.
Store below 25°C, away from the reach of children. Do not freeze.
Throw away any remaining eye drops 4 weeks after opening. Mark the date of opening on the eye drop bottle so that you know when the bottle was opened.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.