DRUGS & SUPPLEMENTS
What are the side effects you encounter while taking this medicine?
Alof is an antimicrobial agents of broad-spectrum action type from fluoroquinolone group. Bactericidal action of Alof is due to blockage of the enzyme DNA gyrase in bacterial cells. This medication is highly active against most of gram-negative bacteria: Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Proteus spp., Morganella morganii, Klebsiella spp., Enterobacter spp., Serratia spp., Citrobacter spp., Yersinia spp., Providencia spp., Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitidis, Mycoplasma spp., Legionella pneumophila, Acinetobacter spp., and Chlamydia spp.
Alof is active against some gram-positive bacteria (including Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., especially beta-hemolytic streptococci).
Enterococcus faecalis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Pseudomonas spp. are moderately susceptible to Alof.
Anaerobic bacteria (except Bacteroides ureolyticus) are insensitive to Alof.
This drug is resistant to beta-lactamases.
After oral administration Alof is rapidly and completely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Ingestion has a little effect on the extent of absorption but may slow its speed. Cmax plasma levels reached in 2 hours.
The protein binding is 25%. Alof is widely distributed in tissues and body fluids (organs of urinary system, reproductive organs, prostate, lung, ENT organs, gall bladder, bone, skin).This medicine is excreted in the urine in unchanged form (about 80% in 24 h). A small portion of the active substance (4%) is excreted in the feces. T1/2 is 6 h.
Infectious-inflammatory diseases caused by microorganisms sensitive to Alof, including: diseases of the lower respiratory tract, ear, nose, throat, skin, soft tissues, bones, joints, infectious and inflammatory diseases of the abdominal organs and pelvic infection, kidney and urinary tract, prostatitis, gonorrhea.
Dosing regimen of Alof is individual. Daily dose of 200-800 mg, the multiplicity of application 2 times / day. For patients with impaired renal function (creatinine clearance 20-50 ml / min), the first dose is 200 mg, then 100 mg every 24 hours. When CC is less than 20 ml / min, the first dose is 200 mg, then 100 mg every 48 hours.
Digestive system: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, appetite loss, dry mouth, flatulence, gastrointestinal dysfunction, constipation; rarely - liver damage, liver necrosis, jaundice, hepatitis, intestinal perforation, pseudomembranous colitis, bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, disorders of the oral mucosa, heartburn, elevated liver enzymes, including GGT and LDH, increased serum bilirubin.
CNS and peripheral nervous system: insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, nervousness; rarely - convulsions, anxiety, cognitive changes, depression, abnormal dreams, euphoria, hallucinations, paresthesia, syncope, tremor, confusion, nystagmus, suicidal thoughts or attempts, disorientation, psychotic reactions, paranoia, phobia, agitation, aggressiveness, emotional instability, peripheral neuropathy, ataxia, incoordination, exacerbation of extrapyramidal disorders, speech disorder.
Allergic reactions: skin rash, itching, rarely - angioedema, urticaria, vasculitis, allergic pneumonitis, anaphylactic shock, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema nodosum, exfoliative dermatitis, toxic epidermal necrolysis, conjunctivitis.
Sexual system: an itch on the external genitalia in women, vaginitis, vaginal discharge; rare - burning, irritation, pain and rash in the genital area of women, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, vaginal candidiasis.
Cardiovascular system: rarely - heart failure, edema, hypertension, hypotension, palpitation, vasodilatation, cerebral thrombosis, pulmonary edema, and tachycardia.
Urinary system: rarely - dysuria, urinary frequency, urinary retention, anuria, polyuria formation of kidney stones, kidney failure, nephritis, hematuria, albuminuria, candiduria.
Musculoskeletal system: rarely - arthralgia, myalgia, tendonitis, muscle weakness, exacerbation of myasthenia gravis.
Metabolism: rarely - thirst, weight loss, hyper- or hypoglycemia, acidosis, increase in serum triglycerides, cholesterol, potassium.
Respiratory system: rarely - cough, runny nose, respiratory failure, dyspnea, bronchospasm, stridor.
Sensory organs: rarely - hearing loss, tinnit, diplopia, nystagmus, impaired clarity of vision, disturbances of taste, smell, photophobia.
Dermatological reactions: rarely - photosensitivity, hyperpigmentation, vesicle-bullous eruption.
Hematopoietic system: rarely - anemia, hemorrhage, pancytopenia, agranulocytosis, leukopenia, reversible suppression of bone marrow hematopoiesis, thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, petechiae, ecchymosis, increased prothrombin time.
Other: chest pain, sore throat, fever, body aches, rarely - fatigue, chills, malaise, epistaxis, increased sweating.
Pregnancy, lactation, childhood and adolescence to 18 years, increased sensitivity to Alof or other quinolone derivatives.
Alof is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.
Category effects on the fetus by FDA - C.
Use with caution in patients with impaired renal function and liver.
During the period of treatment required to conduct monitoring of blood glucose. Long-term therapy is necessary to periodically monitor the kidney function, liver and peripheral blood picture.
When using Alof it should be ensure adequate hydration of the body, the patient should be subjected to ultraviolet irradiation.
In experimental studies the mutagenic potential was not been identified. Long-term studies to determine the carcinogenicity of Alof were not conducted.
Safety and efficacy in children and adolescents under the age of 18 is not defined.
Use with caution in patients whose activities are connected with the necessity of high concentration of attention and quickness of psychomotor reactions.
Simultaneous administration of Alof with:
Symptoms: drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, lethargy, confusion.
Treatment: gastric lavage, maintenance of vital functions.
Depending on the reaction of the Alof after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Alof not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.Is Alof addictive or habit forming?
Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.
Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.
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The information was verified by Dr. Rachana Salvi, MD Pharmacology