What is Tequin used for?
Tequin is an antibiotic used to
treat adults with lung, sinus, or urinary tract infections and also to treat certain
sexually transmitted diseases caused by germs called bacteria. Sometimes viruses, rather
than bacteria, may infect the lungs and sinuses (for example, the common cold). Tequin,
like all other antibiotics, does not kill viruses.
The sexually transmitted disease called gonorrhea is treated by Tequin. Other
sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis and non-gonococcal diseases are not
treated by Tequin.
Who should not take Tequin?
You should not take Tequin if you:
General Precautions with Tequin:
- have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any medicine in the group of
antibiotics known as "quinolones" such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin
- have a rare condition known as congenital prolongation of the QTc interval. If
any of your family members have this condition, you should inform your health care
- have a condition known as hypokalemia (low blood potassium). Hypokalemia may be
caused by medicines called diuretics such as furosemide and hydrochlorthiazide. If you are
taking a diuretic you should speak with your health care provider.
- are taking certain medicines to treat an irregular heartbeat.
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
- Individuals who take Tequin should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you
know that Tequin does not cause you to get dizzy.
- Individuals who take Tequin should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Although not reported with Tequin, certain other quinolones increase the sensitivity of
the skin to sunlight, and severe sunburn may result. Call your doctor if you experience
severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after exposure to the sun while taking
- Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are already
pregnant, or are breast-feeding. The effects on the unborn child and nursing infant are
- Review ALL medications that you are taking with your health care provider,
including those that you take without a prescription. Tequin can interact with other
medicines, including multivitamins. To avoid possible additive drug effects, Tequin should
not be taken together with certain medications (such as quinidine, procainamide, sotolol,
and amiodarone) that affect heart the electrocardiogram test. In theory, this could result
in a dangerous heart rhythm disturbance.
- Some medicines also produce an effect on the electrocardiogram test, including
cisapride, erythromycin, some antidepressants and some antipsychotic drugs.
These may increase the risk of heart beat problems when taken with Tequin. For this reason
it is important to let your health care provider know all of the medicines that you are
What are some possible side effects of Tequin? (This is NOT a
complete list of side effects reported with Tequin. Your health care provider can discuss
with you a more complete list of side effects.)
The side effects of Tequin are generally mild, but serious side effects have
been reported in people taking this class of drugs. These reactions may occur after taking
just one dose. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop taking Tequin and
call your doctor:
Tequin is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects that can occur
when taking Tequin are usually mild, and include:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of
the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
- central nervous system (CNS) side effects including: seizures, dizziness,
confusion, tremors, hallucinations, depression, or suicidal thoughts
- pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon
- Stomach pain
For more detailed information about Tequin, ask your health care provider.
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/1999/21062lbl.pdf Link to
Tequin's Labeling and patient information