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Zymaxid

Generic Name: gatifloxacin ophthalmic (GAT i FLOX a sin off THAL mik)
Brand Names: Zymaxid
Zymaxid (gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution) is used to treat bacterial eye infections. Includes warnings, side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that fights bacteria. Zymaxid eye drops are used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria. Zymaxid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Do not allow the Zymaxid dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as severe swelling, burning, redness, or discomfort, eye pain or vision changes, signs of new eye infection (drainage, crusting, or oozing), or the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild. Learn more

Zymaxid Side Effects

Zymaxid Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about gatifloxacin ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Zymaxid.

For the Consumer

Applies to gatifloxacin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, gatifloxacin ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Zymaxid) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking gatifloxacin ophthalmic:

More common

  • Eye irritation
  • eye pain
  • eye redness

Less common

  • Bloody eye
  • decrease in vision
  • swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye

Rare

  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Incidence not known

  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives or welts, or skin rash
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble breathing

Some side effects of gatifloxacin ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Blurred vision
  • discharge from the eyes
  • itching eyes
  • stringy mucus secretions
  • swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • watering eyes

Less common

  • Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • change in taste
  • dry eye
  • headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to gatifloxacin ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctival irritation, increased lacrimation, keratitis, papillary conjunctivitis, chemosis, conjunctival hemorrhage, dry eye, eye discharge, worsening of conjunctivitis, eye irritation, eye pain, eyelid edema, red eye, decreased visual acuity

Postmarketing reports: Blepharitis, eye pruritus, eye swelling (including corneal and conjunctival edema), blurred vision

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dysgeusia/taste disturbance

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic reactions, hypersensitivity

Dermatologic

Postmarketing reports: Angioedema (including pharyngeal, oral, or facial edema), pruritus (including generalized pruritus), rash, urticaria

Gastrointestinal

Postmarketing reports: Nausea

Respiratory

Postmarketing reports: Dyspnea

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Zymaxid