Okacin

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Generic Name: Okacin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL) used for?

Okacin® eye drops solution is commonly used for the treatment of bacterial infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, acute bacterial conjunctivitis, blepharitis and blepharoconjunctivitis which are due to lomefloxacin susceptible germs.

How should I take Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

Before putting in your eye drops, you need to wash your hand and make sure not to let the tip of the dropper touch any surface.

Firstly, tilt your head back, pull down the lower lid of your eye with your index finger to form a pocket. Hold the dropper (tip down) with the other hand, as close to the eye as possible without touching it. While looking up, gently squeeze the dropper so that a single drop falls into the pocket made by the lower eyelid. Remove your index finger from the lower eyelid. Close your eye for 2 to 3 minutes and tip your head down as though looking at the floor. Try not to blink or squeeze your eyelids. Place a finger on the tear duct and apply gentle pressure. Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a tissue.

How do I store Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

Okacin® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Okacin® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Okacin® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Okacin® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

Okacin® eye drop is contraindicated in case of hypersensitivity to the active substance, to other quinolones or to any of the excipients.

Contact lenses should be removed before instillation.

Long term treatment with antibiotics may enhance the development of secondary fungal infections or may support the growth of non-susceptible bacteria.

Contact lenses should not be worn in the presence of infectious eye diseases and the product should not be instilled while wearing contact lenses.

In order to avoid a reduction in efficacy, no ophthalmic preparations containing heavy metals such as zinc should be used 15 minutes preceding and following instillation of Okacin®.

Bacteriostatic ophthalmic antibiotics should not be used concomitantly.

As the possibility of adverse effects on corneal permeability and the danger of disruption of corneal epithelium with prolonged or repeated usage of benzalkonium chloride preserved ophthalmological preparation cannot be excluded, regular ophthalmological examination is required.

Caution should be exercised in the use of benzalkonium chloride preserved topical medication over an extended period in patients with extensive ocular surface disease.

When 2 or more ophthalmic preparations are used concomitantly, an interval of at least 5 minutes should be observed between instillations, in order to avoid washing out of the drug.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Okacin® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Okacin®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

The most commonly side effects are burning and stinging after instillation. Rarely, punctate keratitis and hypersensitivity reactions, i.e. rash and urticaria have been reported.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

Okacin® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

Okacin® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL)?

Okacin® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL).

What is the dose of Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL) for an adult?

The recommended dose is one drop into the conjunctival sac every 5 minutes for 20 minutes or 1 drop hourly for 6-10 hours, followed by a maintenance dosing schedule of 1 drop 2 times a day for 7-9 days.

What is the dose of Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL) for a child?

Okacin® eye drops can be used in children under strict medical supervision at the dosage recommended for adults.

How is Okacin® (Lomefloxacin HCL) available?

Okacin® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Okacin® Eye Drops 3 mg/ml

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Okacin®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: March 23, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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