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If your doctor strongly suspects or it is proven that you have a bacterial infection, you may receive a prescription to buy Noroxin or generic Norfloxacin. Noroxin is an antibiotic drug from the family of fluoroquinolones that is effective in killing the bacteria that can cause urinary tract, bone or joint, and respiratory infections, to name a few. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
In order for bacteria to multiply, the DNA strands within their cells have to split and reattach. Noroxin works by inhibiting the DNA gyrase, an enzyme essential to the bacteria for separating bacterial DNA. This results in the strands of DNA not being able to reattach so the cell dies.
It is important that you take Noroxin for the time period your doctor has prescribed in order to be certain the infection is completely gone. Otherwise, the bacteria can regroup and begin to multiply again but may have mutated or become resistant to the medication.
A urinary tract infection, also called cystitis, usually occurs when bacteria enter your bladder through the urethra and remains on your bladder wall where it starts to grow and multiply. Your immune system is alerted and your body starts to fight the bacteria and is often successful. However, if left untreated or if your immune system is compromised in any way, the bacteria can spread to your kidneys and the consequences may become quite serious.
Women are more prone cystitis due to their shorter urethra so the bacteria find their way inside easier than in men. Reasons for this type of infection include poor hygiene, urine retention, and catheterization. The frequent changing of catheters can introduce outside bacteria into your urethra every time you insert a new catheter. Noroxin can help alleviate your symptoms of painful urination, bloody urine, and mild fever.
Disclose other medical conditions you have to your doctor and provide a list of current Rx medications and non-prescription drugs you are taking, including herbal or homeopathic remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This allows your doctor to determine if Noroxin is the right drug for your situation. There is no data to confirm whether Noroxin may be harmful for your unborn or nursing baby so tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing before starting Noroxin.
Some patients who use Noroxin may have an issue with tendon damage. This can occur during or after the treatment has been completed. It is more likely that you will have tendon damage if you are taking corticosteroid drugs, are over 60 years of age or have had an organ transplant. Noroxin should not be taken by individuals who have weakened skeletal muscles (myasthenia gravis), as it can cause a worsening of that condition.