Raxar

Generic name: Grepafloxacin.

Raxar is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic/anti-infective. It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.

Quick Facts About RaxarRaxar

Purpose

Used to treat chronic bronchitis, gonorrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections including cystitis (inflammation of the inner lining of bladder caused by bacterial infection), and cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).

Raxar Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed. Take with food if you experience dizziness or light-headedness. Use all of the prescribed dose; otherwise at risk for symptoms to return.

  • Usual adult dose: 400 to 600 milligrams once per day. Doctor will prescribe lower dose if you have kidney failure.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Raxar Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

convulsions, difficulty lifting eyelids, loss of muscular control, slowing in activity and breathing, tremors. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

No common side effects.

No common Raxar side effects: dizziness, headache, light headedness, nausea. Rare side effects: abdominal pain, abnormal blood platelet, sugar, or leukocyte levels, abnormal coordination, abnormal liver function, agitation, allergy and allergic shock, amnesia, anemia, angina, anorexia, anxiety, asthma, back or chest pain, bilirubinemia, blood clots, brain tumor, chills, cold clammy skin, confusion, constipation, convulsions, decreased sensitivity to touch, depersonalization, depression, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, difficulty speaking or swallowing, dizziness or light-headedness when rising from a sitting or lying position, dry mouth, eye pain, fatigue, fever, flushing, gas, gingivitis, hallucination, hemorrhaging, hiccups, hot flashes, hypertension, hypertonia, increased appetite, increased saliva or sweating, infection, involuntary muscle contractions, insomnia, intestinal inflammation, irregular heartbeat, itching, jaundice, joint pain, kidney disorders, loose or discolored stool, low blood pressure, muscle cramps or weakness, menstrual disorder in women, migraine, “pins and needles” in hands and feet, rash, reduced sex drive or impotence in men, skeletal pain, skin disorders, swelling, taste changes, tendonitis, thirst, tiredness, tongue paralysis, tooth disorder, tremor, unusual walking, unusual dreams or thoughts, upset stomach, upper respiratory tract infection, urinary problems, vaginitis, vision problems, vomiting, weakness, weight changes.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Raxar with:

anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine (Tegretol) and phenytoin (Dilantin); antipsychotics such as haloperidol (Haldol) and pimozide (Orap); benzodiapines such as diazepam (Valium); buspirone (BuSpar); Cimetidine (Tagamet); cyclosporine (Sandimmune); cyproheptadine (Periactin); lithium; MAO inhibitors; tricyclic antidepressants; warfarin (Coumadin). Intravenous morphine should be administered at least 2 to 4 hours after Raxar dose.

Antacids and vitamins or minerals containing iron should be taken at least 2 hours before or after Raxar dose. Avoid alcohol and over-the-counter cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Has caused severe or fatal reactions, sometimes after first dose. If you develop any of the following symptoms, immediately seek medical help: confusion, convulsions, depression, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, hives, insomnia, itching, light-headedness, loss of consciousness, paranoia, rash, restlessness, swelling in face or throat, tingling, tremors.
  • Inform your doctor if you have experienced diarrhea when taking other antibacterial medications, or develop diarrhea at the start of Raxar therapy. May cause bowel inflammation (colitis), which could be life-threatening.
  • Use with caution if you have: epilepsy, severe hardening of the arteries in the brain, or other seizure-inducing conditions; or kidney failure or problems.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight.
  • May cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Discontinue treatment and inform your doctor immediately if you experience pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon.
  • Should not take if sensitive or allergic to Raxar or other quinolone antibiotics such as Cipro and Floxin.

Note:

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