Proper Use

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Do not take alatrofloxacin or trovafloxacin if you are pregnant. Do not give alatrofloxacin or trovafloxacin to infants, children, or teenagers unless otherwise specified by your doctor. These medicines have been shown to cause bone development problems in young animals.

Trovafloxacin tablets may be taken with or without meals.

If you are taking alatrofloxacin injection, use it exactly as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.

To help clear up your infection completely, keep taking alatrofloxacin or trovafloxacin for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you stop taking this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return.

Alatrofloxacin and trovafloxacin work best when there is a constant amount in the blood or urine. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses. Also, it is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times, day and night. For example, if you are to take one dose a day, that dose should be taken about the same time every day. If this interferes with your sleep or other daily activities, or if you need help in planning the best time to take your medicine, check with your health care professional.

Dosing

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 (trovafloxacin tablets):
    • For treatment of bacterial infections:
      • Adults—100 or 200 milligrams (mg) once every twenty-four hours for three days to several weeks, depending on the medical problem being treated. Gonorrhea is treated with a single oral dose of 100 mg.
      • Children up to 18 years of age—This medicine is not recommended for infants, children, or teenagers.
    • For prevention of infection in surgical patients:
      • Adults—200 milligrams one-half to four hours before the start of surgery.
      • Children up to 18 years of age—This medicine is not recommended for infants, children, or teenagers.
  • For injection dosage form (alatrofloxacin injection):
    • For treatment of bacterial infections:
      • Adults—200 to 300 milligrams (mg) injected slowly into a vein over a period of sixty minutes, once every twenty-four hours for up to fourteen days, depending on the medical problem being treated.
      • Children up to 18 years of age—This medicine is not recommended for infants, children, or teenagers.
    • For prevention of infection in surgical patients:
      • Adults—200 milligrams injected slowly into a vein over a period of sixty minutes, one half to four hours before the start of surgery.
      • Children up to 18 years of age—This medicine is not recommended for infants, children, or teenagers.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.