What are the possible risks of taking ofloxacin?

The following are some of the possible risks of taking the antibiotic, ofloxacin, the tablet form:

  • You may develop an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction to ofloxacin is more common in those who have allergies to other medications and foods.
  • Complications may occur, particularly if you have certain conditions, like high blood electrolyte levels, irregular heartbeat, kidney or liver problems or if you have recently suffered a heart attack.
  • If you have a CNS (central nervous system) disorder, you are at an increased risk for developing seizures, brain artery problems or other nerve problems while taking this drug.
  • If you have diabetes, ofloxacin may make your blood sugar readings inaccurate, putting you at risk for uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
  • Ofloxacin may cause drug interactions.
  • Doctors don't know whether ofloxacin affects unborn children. For this reason, pregnant women should talk to their doctors before taking ofloxacin.
  • Ofloxacin passes into breast milk and can harm a breastfeeding child. Talk to your doctor about breastfeeding while on ofloxacin.
  • Ofloxacin may cause your tendons to swell or tear, though this is most common in older people and those who have already suffered tendonitis or other tendon damage.

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