Ofloxacin: Antibiotic Uses and Side Effects

Ofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections and respiratory infections.
Where to get
Available by prescription at pharmacies.
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Ofloxacin FAQ

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How does ofloxacin work?

Ofloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is active against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It functions by inhibiting two bacterial type II topoisomerases, DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV.

Is ofloxacin a quinolone antibiotic?

Ofloxacin belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu ). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.

Is ofloxacin a steroid?

Yes, ofloxacin is an oral (by mouth) antibiotic used to treat several different types of bacteria infections throughout the body.

Is ofloxacin a fluoroquinolone?

Ofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone (flor-o-KWIN-o-lone) antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Ofloxacin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, lungs, prostate, or urinary tract (bladder and kidneys). Ofloxacin is also used to treat pelvic inflammatory disease and Chlamydia and/or gonorrhea.

What is ofloxacin used for?

Ofloxacin is used to treat certain infections including pneumonia, and infections of the skin, bladder, reproductive organs, and prostate (a male reproductive gland).

Does ofloxacin work if you have a cold?

Ofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It works by killing bacteria that cause infections. Antibiotics such as ofloxacin will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Using antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

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