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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise directed.1
• Calcium, magnesium, aluminum, zinc may reduce absorption and hence the effectiveness of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Avoid consuming dairy products and/or supplements containing calcium at least two hours after ingesting this medication.2
• Antibiotics kill bacteria, including beneficial flora in the gut, which may affect digestion and/or elimination. Supplementation with acidophilus and/or bifidus may help to replace beneficial flora.3
• Avoid caffeine with zagam, the drug may decrease caffeine clearance and thereby increase side effects.4
• Avoid cola, guarana and mate with zagam due to their caffeine content.5
References1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Lim D and McKay M. Food-drug interactions. Drug Information Bulletin (UCLA Dept. of Pharmaceutical Services) 15(2): 1995.
3 Bengmark S & Gianotti L: Nutritional support to prevent and treat multiple organ failure. World J Surg, 1996 May, 20:4, 474-81.
3 Cummings JH, Macfarlane G: Role of intestinal bacteria in nutrient metabolism, JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 1997, 21(6): 357-65.
3 Gorbach SL: Bengt E. Gustafsson Memorial Lecture, Function of the Normal Human Microflora, Scand J Infect Dis Suppl, 1986, 49:17-30
4 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
4 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
5 Carbo M, et al. Effect of quinolones on caffeine disposition, Clin Pharmacol Ther 1989;45:234-40.
5 Barnett G, Segura J, de la Torre R, Carbo M. Pharmacokinetic determination of relative potency of quinolone inhibition of caffeine disposition. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1990;39(1):63-9.
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