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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using ofloxacin ophthalmic solution if you have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Ofloxacin ophthalmic solution works by blocking a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is required for the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply. Ofloxacin ophthalmic solution will not work against viruses.

When and How to Use Ofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with this medicine include the following:
  • Ofloxacin ophthalmic solution comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally used several times a day. Make sure you know your individual instructions for how to use it.
  • Many eye infections can spread easily. To help prevent the spread of infection, try not to touch your eye while using this medicine, wash your hands thoroughly before and after use, and avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface, including your eye or hands.
  • You should not wear contact lenses while you are using ofloxacin ophthalmic solution. Ask your healthcare provider when you may use contacts again.
  • This medication should only be used in the eye. Do not take it by mouth or apply it to your skin.
  • Make sure to dispose of ofloxacin ophthalmic solution after you finish treatment. Do not save it for later use.
  • You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting treatment. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish your full course of ofloxacin ophthalmic solution. Stopping treatment too early may cause your symptoms to return or lead to antibiotic resistance.
  • For ofloxacin ophthalmic solution to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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