Alatrofloxacin mesylate (Injection)

Introduction

Alatrofloxacin Mesylate (al-at-roe-FLOX-a-sin MES-i-late)

Treats infections that are caused by bacteria. This medicine is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Alatrofloxacin is no longer available in the United States.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to trovafloxacin or to similar medicines such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro®), gatifloxacin (Zymar®), levofloxacin (Levaquin®), moxifloxacin (Avelox®), norfloxacin (Noroxin®), or ofloxacin (Floxin®). This medicine should not be given to children.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. This medicine is given slowly, so the needle will remain in place for about an hour.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
  • Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
  • Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
  • Keep this medicine away from children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), omeprazole (Prilosec®), or theophylline.
  • Avoid caffeine (coffee, soda, chocolate) while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of heart disease, heart rhythm problems, hypokalemia (low blood potassium), stroke, or seizure disorder (such as epilepsy).
  • This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
  • Call your doctor if you have pain, swelling, or tearing of a tendon, such as in the back of your knee or ankle, in your shoulder or elbow, or in your hand or wrist. You may need to stop taking the medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat
  • Dark colored urine, pale stools, yellow eyes or skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness or fainting, seizures
  • Sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, lightheadedness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash, redness, blistering, or peeling

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache, tiredness, dizziness, nervousness, anxiety, confusion, or agitation
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Pain, swelling, or irritation where the IV needle is placed
  • Sores or white patches in your mouth or throat
  • Vaginal itching or discharge

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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