Serviflox is a commonly prescribed antibiotic medication in the countries of Singapore, Romania and Bangladesh. It is not available in the United States. As with any drug, certain side effects may be experienced by patients taking Serviflox.
What is Serviflox?
Serviflox is an antimicrobial medication that can be administered in pills, topical liquids, or intravenous fluid forms. In the United States, the medication Ciprofloxacin, or Cipro, is the equivalent to Serviflox.
Serviflox is a systemic antibiotic that treats bacterial infections throughout the body. Serviflox works by inhibiting the reproduction of many kinds of bacteria that cause illness in humans. It is not effective against viral infections such as the flu or the common cold.
Serviflox is useful in common infections of the ear, bones, skin, genitals, internal organs, urinary tract and eyes. It is also routinely prescribed for more serious illnesses such as pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, salmonella, cholera and anthrax.
Your doctor will determine if Serviflox will be an effective treatment for your particular illness.
Common side effects of Serviflox include nausea, diarrhea, rashes and vomiting.
Headaches, abdominal discomfort, injection site pain (for IV dosing), dizziness, light-headedness, insomnia and sleeplessness have also been reported, although rarely (less than 1 percent of individuals).
Serious Side Effects
Serviflox belongs to a class of drugs called quinolones, which may pose an increased risk for the rupture of tendons within the body. Patients over 60 years of age, those who are taking coricosteroid drugs (such as prednisone) or those who have had transplants of the heart, lungs or liver are at an increased risk of developing tendonitis, a painful inflammation and possible rupture of the tendons.
If you should develop hives, a yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice) or have difficulty breathing, contact your doctor at once and discontinue use of Serviflox. These are symptoms of allergic reaction and inadequate liver function. Both of these symptoms could become life threatening if ignored, so it is critical to obtain medical care at once.
Taking Serviflox with some other drugs can be hazardous to your health or cause Serviflox not to work correctly. Certain aluminum-containing antacids; children's or chewable medications of any kind; medications or supplements containing iron, zinc or calcium; and the prescription medicines sucralfate, didanosine or Theofylline should not be combined with Serviflox unless directed by a physician.