Floxin Uses

Healthcare providers recommend Floxin for a wide range of bacterial infections, from prostate infections to skin infections to pelvic inflammatory disease. The drug works by interfering with two enzymes that are necessary for bacteria to multiply. Older adults can use Floxin, although they may be more prone to certain side effects. Children under the age of 18 should not take this drug.

What Is Floxin Used For?

Floxin® (ofloxacin) is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short. It is approved to treat a variety of infections, including:
 
Floxin is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Although Floxin is considered a "broad-spectrum" antibiotic, which means it is effective against many different bacteria types, not all bacteria will respond to it. In addition, certain parts of the country may be more likely to have bacteria that are resistant to the effects of this drug.
 
Because it is an antibiotic, Floxin will not treat infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold or flu.
 

How Does Floxin Work?

Floxin works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two important bacterial enzymes: topoisomerase four (IV) and DNA gyrase. These enzymes are needed by the bacteria to copy and repair DNA, which are important steps required for the bacteria to multiply.
 

Floxin Antibiotic Information

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