Tarivid (Ofloxacin) is used to treat bacterial infections such as chest, genito-urinary and skin infections in adults. It works by killing the bacteria which cause the infection.

Before taking Tarivid

Before taking Tarivid make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
  • If you have ever experienced tendon problems after taking any other quinolone antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, nalidixic acid or norfloxacin.
  • If you have kidney or liver problems.
  • If you have epilepsy or any other condition that causes fitting.
  • If you have ever had mental health problems.
  • If you have myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakening disease).
  • If you know you have glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
  • If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
  • If you have
ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.

How to take Tarivid

  • Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
  • Take Tarivid exactly as your doctor has told you. It is usually taken once or twice a day depending on the infection being treated. Read the label carefully to make sure you know which dose is right for you.
  • If you have been told to take Tarivid twice a day, space your doses out evenly throughout the day.
  • It is not important whether you take Tarivid before or after food.
  • Keep taking this antibiotic until the course is finished unless you are told to stop. This is important in order to prevent the infection from coming back.
  • Do not take indigestion remedies, or medicines containing iron or zinc, in the 2 hours before or after you take Tarivid. This is because they interfere with the way Tarivid is absorbed by your body and stop it from working fully.
  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then continue as before. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.

What is Tarivid used for?

  • Bacterial infections of the lungs and airways (chest or lower respiratory tract infections).
  • Bacterial infections of skin or soft tissue (soft tissue is underneath the skin and includes muscle).
  • Bacterial infections of the urinary tract, including kidney infections (pyelonephritis), cystitis and chronic prostatitis.
  • Inflammation of the urethra or cervix that is not caused by gonorrhoea (non-gonococcal urethritis or cervicitis).
  • Gonorrhoea.
  • Bacterial infections of the blood (septicaemia or blood poisoning) - given as a drip into a vein for this purpose.

Possible side effects of Tarivid:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • bizarre behavior
  • bloody stools
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • decreased urination
  • depression
  • diarrhoea (severe or continuing)
  • difficulty swallowing
  • excessive urination, thirst, or hunger; fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fatigue
  • fever, chills, or unusual cough
  • hallucinations
  • hoarseness
  • joint or muscle pain or swelling
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of consciousness
  • mental or mood changes
  • nervousness; nightmares
  • pale stools
  • red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • shock (pale skin)
  • sleeplessness
  • severe or persistent stomach pain/cramps
  • suicidal thoughts
  • tendon pain, inflammation, or swelling
  • tightness of the throat; tingling; tremours
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • urination problems
  • vaginal irritation or discharge
  • yellowing of skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. 

How to store Tarivid

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

If you have any more questions please ask your Pharmacist.

Remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children

Please Note: We have made every effort to ensure that the content of this information sheet is correct at time of publish, but remember that information about drugs may change. This sheet does not list all the uses and side-effects associated with this drug. For full details please see the drug information leaflet which comes with your medicine. Your doctor will assess your medical circumstances and draw your attention to any information or side-effects which may be relevant in your particular case.