Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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New Antibiotic Not Affected by Age

Abstract

Age does not affect the absorption or distribution to body tissues of ofloxacin (Floxin), a recently approved antibiotic, said a recent study in Infectious Disease News. Researchers specifically tested the antibiotic's effects in the elderly population and found that although age was not a factor, dosages may need to be adjusted for patients with reduced kidney function. Oral ofloxacin is taken twice a day and is effective against pneumonia and acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and moderate skin and soft tissue infections. Reported side effects were mostly gastrointestinal (in 3% of those studied), followed by headache, dizziness, and diarrhea (1 %).…

Age does not affect the absorption or distribution to body tissues of ofloxacin (Floxin), a recently approved antibiotic, said a recent study in Infectious Disease News. Researchers specifically tested the antibiotic's effects in the elderly population and found that although age was not a factor, dosages may need to be adjusted for patients with reduced kidney function. Oral ofloxacin is taken twice a day and is effective against pneumonia and acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and moderate skin and soft tissue infections. Reported side effects were mostly gastrointestinal (in 3% of those studied), followed by headache, dizziness, and diarrhea (1 %).

10.3928/0098-9134-19910901-19

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