Also known as: Norfloxacin
Bacfamil comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken twice a day for 3 to 28 days. The length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated. Your doctor will tell you how long to take Bacfamil. Take Bacfamil at around the same times every day and try to space your doses 12 hours apart. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Bacfamil exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Take Bacfamil at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals or after drinking milk or eating dairy products.
Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water.
You should begin to feel better during the first few days of your treatment with Bacfamil. If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
Take Bacfamil until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. Do not stop taking Bacfamil without talking to your doctor unless you experience certain serious side effects listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING or SIDE EFFECT sections. If you stop taking Bacfamil too soon or if you skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.
Bacfamil is also sometimes used to treat certain infections of the stomach and intestines. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Swallow the tablet with a glass (8 ounces) of water. Drink plenty of fluids while you are being treated with this medicine. Drinking extra water will help to prevent some unwanted effects of norfloxacin.
Norfloxacin should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, milk, or other dairy products.
If you are taking aluminum or magnesium-containing antacids, iron supplements, multivitamins, Didanosine (Videx®), sucralfate (Carafate®), or zinc, do not take them at the same time that you take this medicine. It is best to take these medicines at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking norfloxacin. These medicines may keep norfloxacin from working properly.
Avoid caffeine-containing products (eg, coffee, soda, or chocolate) while you are using this medicine. Norfloxacin may cause caffeine to stay in your body longer than usual.
Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For oral dosage form (tablets): For infections: Adults—400 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours for 3 to 21 days, depending on the medical problem being treated. Prostatitis is usually treated for 28 days. Gonorrhea is usually treated with a single oral dose of 800 mg. Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you overdose Generic Bacfamil and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.