What Is Gemifloxacin Used For?
Gemifloxacin is prescribed for treating bacterial infections, including mild-to-moderate, community-acquired pneumonia and acute worsening of chronic bronchitis. This antibiotic works to kill bacteria by interfering with specific enzymes, which prevents the bacteria from multiplying. Off-label uses of gemifloxacin include treating other types of bacterial infections.
An Overview of Uses for GemifloxacinGemifloxacin mesylate (Factive®) is a prescription antibiotic medication that belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or just "quinolones" for short. This drug is approved to treat the following types of infections:
- Acute worsening of chronic bronchitis
- Mild-to-moderate, community-acquired pneumonia.
Gemifloxacin Use for Bronchitis
Chronic bronchitis is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, leading to long-term breathing problems. With COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to breathe. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two kinds of COPD. While smoking is the most common cause, there are other possible causes of COPD.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your healthcare provider may recommend a number of drugs as part of your COPD treatment, including:
- Bronchodilators (medications to open the airways)
- Steroids (including inhaled steroids)
- Antibiotics, like gemifloxacin
Sometimes, people with chronic bronchitis experience a significant worsening of their symptoms. This is known as acute bronchitis. Gemifloxacin is approved to treat these temporary symptoms. Specifically, it is approved to treat these exacerbations caused by the following bacteria:
- Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Haemophilus influenzae
- Haemophilus parainfluenzae
- Moraxella catarrhalis.