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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Calcium, magnesium, aluminum, zinc may reduce absorption and hence the effectiveness of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Avoid consuming dairy products and/or supplements containing calcium at least two hours after ingesting this medication.1
• Take with plenty of fluids.2
• Limit caffeine products (coffee, tea, and caffeine-containing supplements).3
• Antibiotics kill bacteria, including beneficial flora in the gut, which may affect digestion and/or elimination. Supplementation with acidophilus and/or bifidus may help to replace beneficial flora.4
• Avoid cola, guarana and mate with floxin due to their caffeine content. There may be decreased caffeine clearance.5
References1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
1 Lim D and McKay M. Food-drug interactions. Drug Information Bulletin (UCLA Dept. of Pharmaceutical Services) 15(2): 1995.
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Griffith, H. W. 1983. Complete Guide to Prescription and Non-Prescription. Fisher Publishing, Inc., Tucson.
4 Bengmark S & Gianotti L: Nutritional support to prevent and treat multiple organ failure. World J Surg, 1996 May, 20:4, 474-81.
4 Cummings JH, Macfarlane G: Role of intestinal bacteria in nutrient metabolism, JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 1997, 21(6): 357-65.
4 Gorbach SL: Bengt E. Gustafsson Memorial Lecture, Function of the Normal Human Microflora, Scand J Infect Dis Suppl, 1986, 49:17-30
5 Carbo M, et al. Effect of quinolones on caffeine disposition, Clin Pharmacol Ther 1989;45:234-40.
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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