Drug Facts:

Tequin belongs to the “quinolone antibiotics” class of drugs. It is used to fight bacterial infections of lungs, sinuses, skin, urinary tract and some specific sexually transmitted diseases. It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Using this medicine to treat viral infections will not do any good, as it is meant to treat bacterial infections in particular. The medicine is made using a unique 8-methoxy structure that generally increases the bactericidal infection, thereby lessening the growth of resistance of gram-positive bacteria.

Forms of Tequin:

  1. Tablets
  2. Injection
  3. Oral Suspension

Dosage:

  1. Tequin should be taken as prescribed by the practitioner. Even if before completing the course, one starts to feel better the medicine should not be stopped as symptoms may get better before the infection is treated completely.
  2. The drug should be taken with a full glass of water and it is advisable to consume lots of fluids while taking Tequin.

Uses:

  1. Tequin may be used to cure:

a)      Complicated and uncomplicated urinary tract infections like cystitis

b)      Pyelonephritis

c)      Urethral and cervical gonorrhea

d)      Severe and complicated rectal infection in women

Other than the community- acquired respiratory tract infections like

a)      Acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis

b)      Severe sinusitis

c)      Community- acquired pneumonia

  1. It is FDA pregnancy category C drug, so it might prove harmful to unborn baby, hence should not be administered to either an already pregnant lady or a lady planning pregnancy
  2. This medicine’s after effects to a nursing baby are unknown, so a mother breast- feeding a child, should also not take Tequin, without consulting a doctor.

Precautions:

  1. Diabetic patients should not take Tequin.
  2. People who are either suffering themselves or have a history of:-

a)      “Long QT Syndrome”

b)      Low level of potassium in blood

c)      Heart ailments or heart rhythm problem

d)      Kidney or Liver problems

e)      Epilepsy or any other seizure disorder             OR

  1. People who are taking any of the following medicines

a)      Quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinidex, Quinaglute)

b)      Disopyramide (Norpace)

c)      Bretylium (Bretylol)

d)      Procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan SR)

e)      Amlodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone)

f)        Sotalol (Betapace)

Should take Tequin only after consulting the doctor and not otherwise.

  1. People who are under the treatment with following drugs, should take them at least four hours prior to taking Tequin:

a)      Antacids particularly ones containing zinc, magnesium or iron or

b)      Didanosine chewable or buffered tablets or pediatric powder for oral suspension

  1. Tequin is the kind of a drug that can be affected easily, so even if you are taking medicines other than the ones listed above; do make it a point to share the same information with your doctor, before starting the Tequin course.
  2. Tequin makes the skin sensitive towards sunlight, hence sunburn can happen easily. So avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays, as much as possible. Do not move out in the sun without protective clothing and without applying a sunscreen, with a minimum SPF of 15. In spite of taking all these precautions, if exposure to sun causes sunburn, redness, itching, rash or swelling, seek medical advice immediately.

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