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What should I tell my health care provider before taking Avelox?


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Tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have tendon problems.
  • Have central nervous system problems (such as epilepsy).
  • Have nerve problems.
  • Have or anyone in your family has an irregular heartbeat, especially a condition called “QT prolongation.”
  • Have low blood potassium (hypokalemia).
  • Have a slow heartbeat (bradycardia).
  • Have a history of seizures.
  • Have kidney problems.
  • Have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or other history of joint problems.
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Avelox will harm your unborn child.
  • Are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. It is not known if Avelox passes into breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide whether you will take Avelox or breast-feed.

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and dietary supplements. Avelox and other medicines can affect each other causing side effects. Especially tell your health care provider if you take:

  • An NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug). Many common medicines for pain relief are NSAIDs. Taking an NSAID while you take Avelox or other fluoroquinolones may increase your risk of central nervous system effects and seizures. 
  • A blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven).
  • A medicine to control your heart rate or rhythm (antiarrhythmic).
  • An anti-psychotic medicine.
  • A tricyclic antidepressant.
  • Erythromycin.
  • A water pill (diuretic).
  • A steroid medicine. Corticosteroids taken by mouth or by injection may increase the chance of tendon injury.
  • Certain medicines may keep Avelox from working correctly. Take Avelox either 4 hours before or 8 hours after taking these products:
    • An antacid, multivitamin, or other product that has magnesium, aluminum, iron, or zinc.
    • Sucralfate (Carafate).
    • Didanosine (Videx, Videx EC).

Ask your health care provider if you are not sure if any of your medicines are listed above.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your health care provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

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