Factive (Gemifloxacin Mesylate) from Maple Leaf Medications.
What does Factive do?
Factive, with the generic name gemifloxacin mesylate, is an oral medication used to treat adults with infections that are brought by designated, susceptible microorganisms. Acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (ABECB) and community-acquired pneumonia are examples of these illnesses (CAP). Note that Factive should only be used to treat infections that are proven to be caused by bacteria.
This is available in Factive 320 mg tablets.
How does Factive work?
This quinolone antibiotic works by hindering DNA synthesis. This is done by inhibiting both DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV or TOPO IV, which are needed for bacterial growth. This medication has bactericidal effects, which means that it can stop the growth of bacteria. Factive is a broad-spectrum antibiotic and could work both on gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
How to use Factive?
To begin, read the medication guide or information booklet included with this medicine. Avoid taking any antibiotics if you have not yet fully understood the drug information and all precautions written in the guide. If you need more medical advice on your condition or have queries regarding the use of Factive, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this tablet orally. This is usually prescribed once daily or as prescribed by your physician. You may take it with or without food. Swallow the medication whole and make sure to drink a lot of fluids while taking this oral drug.
Remember to take Factive on a regular basis and exactly as directed. Make a dosing schedule to avoid missing your doses. Note that this medication may not work well with certain medications, such as sucralfate, quinapril, vitamins or minerals that contain iron and zinc, and products that may contain magnesium or aluminum. Thus, you should take this antibiotic at least 2 hours before or 3 hours after taking the products that may interact with this medication.
Do not alter your Factive dosage and length of treatment, as it will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment. Also, do not stop taking this medication abruptly and make sure to complete the length of treatment. Stopping the antibiotic too early may cause the return of the infection.
Side Effects of Factive
Common side effects:
- insomnia or trouble sleeping
- blurred vision
In most cases, the side effects caused by this medication are mild and will resolve after a few days. If the adverse reactions become worse or persist, you should hold the medication and consult your doctor or any healthcare professional. Further, you should report severe side effects, including:
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- chest pain
- severe dizziness
- irregular heartbeat
- oral thrush
- signs of tear or break in the aorta (sudden or severe pain in the chest or stomach, shortness of breath, cough)
- signs of kidney problems (changes in urine output)
- signs of liver problems (persistent nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowish eyes, and skin)
- signs of Clostridium-difficile-associated diarrhea (persistent diarrhea, stomach pain or cramping, blood or mucus in the stool)
This is not a complete or full list of side effects of Factive.
Precautions when using Factive
Before you start using this oral medication, you should fully disclose your medical history to your physician. This includes any history of joint or tendon problems, diabetes, kidney problems, myasthenia gravis, mental or mood disorders, nerve problems, seizure disorders, high blood pressure, blood vessel problems, or genetic conditions. Some diseases or disorders may impact how your body will respond to the medication. Further, you should discuss all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, herbal products, and supplements you are taking because of the possible drug interactions.
Continually lookout for an allergic reaction while you are on this treatment. Do not take this prescription medication if you have a known allergy to gemifloxacin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, other quinolone antibiotics, and any inactive ingredients that each tablet may contain. Immediately discontinue this medication and seek emergency medical help once you notice signs of hypersensitivity, such as skin rashes, swelling of the face, hives, severe dizziness, and breathing difficulty.
This type of medication may cause QT prolongation. Signs of this heart rhythm irregularity are fainting, severe dizziness, and fast or irregular heartbeat. This is considered a medical emergency. To avoid this, do not take water pills or diuretics and stay hydrated. You should also be monitored for low levels of potassium and magnesium, for this could also increase the risk of QT prolongation.
This type of medication may cause live bacterial vaccines like typhoid vaccine to have less efficacy. As much as possible, do not get vaccinated or immunized while you are using this medication.
Among the adverse effects of this drug are dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. These could be aggravated by alcohol. Limit or avoid your alcohol consumption while on this treatment. You should also practice safe caution when driving, using machinery, and doing any activities that require alertness and clear vision.
You could be more sensitive to sun exposure while on gemifloxacin. Limit your exposure to the sun and avoid indoor tanning. When going outside, you should also apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must discuss the potential risks and benefits of this medication with their doctor. Always remember that benefits must always outweigh the risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
-What type of antibiotic is Factive?
This drug is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.
-Can I cut my Factive medication in half?
If you need to divide this medication, ask for assistance from a pharmacist.
-How long should I take Factive?
The length of treatment will be based on your medical condition.
-Does Factive cause insomnia?
Yes, this medication may cause trouble sleeping.
-How much do Factive antibiotics cost?
This page contains information on the cost of this drug.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Factive (Gemifloxacin Mesylate). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Factive (Gemifloxacin Mesylate).