Factive is a drug based on the antibiotic substance Gemifloxacin, a floroquinolone antibacterial agent with strong positive effects in eliminating the susceptible bacteria from the patient's organism.
Factive is commonly prescribed for the therapeutic process in the case of patients that are affected by bacterial infections causing medical affections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, however this is not the only possible use for Factive. Due to its strong antibacterial effect, health care providers all over the world may decide to employ this pharmaceutical product for the treatment of other medical affections that are not listed here. In such cases, if you are not aware that you are currently suffering from of any bacterial infections and have been prescribed a treatment with Factive, it is best that you check with your prescribing health care specialist to obtain further information on why you should take Factive.
Factive should not be taken by patients that are hypersensitive to Factive or any of its ingredients, or to any similar pharmaceutical products - such as Ciprofloxacin, Gatifloxacin, Levofloxacin, Lomefloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin, Sparfloxacin or Trovafloxacin.
In some situations, the prescriber may decide to apply special adjustments to the Factive medication dosage or may choose to employ alternative means of treatment. This is typically the case for patients that are suffering from heart or heart rhythm disorders, kidney affections, epilepsy or seizures, head injury, brain tumors or Long QT Syndrome - either current or personal / family history of this disease.
Factive may not be suitable for use during pregnancy or lactation, as it may affect the fetus / infant causing bone development disorders. Also, Factive should not be administered to children of less than 18 years of age.
You should always take Factive for the entire period of time your prescriber has directed - it is strongly advised that you do not cease taking Factive sooner than indicated, although you may experience an improvement in your general health condition soon after starting your therapy course. This is to ensure that the infection is completely cleared from your system and does not recur, and also to prevent the bacteria from developing a resistance to Factive.
The Factive intakes should be accompanied by a full glass of water, and you should also consume supplementary quantities of fluids each day while following a therapy with this product in order to prevent dehydration.
The exact Factive dosage to be employed in each case will be determined by the prescriber. You should only take the medicine dosage that you have been indicated, as the dosage is determined for each patient in particular. In situations where you are not sure or do not remember what is the exact dosage that you should use, it is recommended that you contact your personal health care provider to obtain that information again.
During your therapy course with Factive, you may need to undergo regular testing that will allow the supervising health care specialist to determine whether or not the treatment will provide the expected results. The medical monitoring may include blood tests and testing of the functions of the kidneys, which are performed to ensure that no detrimental effects are present.
You should never take larger quantities of Factive than you have been indicated, and you should not take Factive more often than directed by your physician. Cases of overdose with Factive have been reported to cause severe consequences on the patients' short and long term health state, and as such it is best that you avoid such situations. In the event that you mistakenly ingested a large quantity of the product, it is strongly suggested that you contact the appropriate authorities nearest to you - and in severe situations you should go to the nearest hospital in order to receive immediate medical assistance.
You should try to avoid accidentally missing any doses of Factive. This may result in the treatment not yielding the beneficial effects that had been expected, and in some cases, it may cause a worsening of your medical condition. As such, you should consult with your personal physician and set up an intake schedule that satisfies your daily agenda while reducing the risks of missing any doses to a minimum.
If you happen to miss one of your Factive doses, you should take it as soon as you remember, provided it has been less than two hours since the normal intake time. Otherwise it is best to completely skip the missed dose and continue taking the other doses on time.
There are several side effects associated with the Factive therapy, as with any other drugs and medicines. Some of these may be particularly severe, such as allergies, however others simply manifest as transient and mild discomfort.
It is recommended that you cease taking Factive and consult with your personal physician at once if you happen to experience any of the following: arrhythmia, fainting, lightheadedness, convulsions, hallucinations, confusion, reduced volume or frequency of urination, shaking or tremor, unusual weakness, easy bleeding or bruising, mental or behavior changes, jaundice, appetite loss, clay-colored stool, dark urine, swelling of the joints accompanied with pain, or watery / bloody diarrhea.
Less severe symptoms may include insomnia, vaginal discharge or vaginal itching, drowsiness, dizziness or nausea and vomiting. It is best that you check with your physician at any time you begin experiencing any unexpected effects.
Factive may interact with Bepridil, Cisapride, Droperidol, Methadone, Pentamidine, Theophylline, Warfarin or other blood thinning agents, Furosemide or other diuretics, Erythromycin or other antibiotics, Amitriptyline or other antidepressants, psychiatric disorder medication, steroids or heart rhythm drugs. You should inform the prescriber of any other drugs you are taking at the time before starting a therapy course with Factive.