Gatifloxacin eye drops are usually used for a period of one week. On days 1 and 2, use one drop every 2 hours in the infected eye(s) while awake, up to 8 times a day. On days 3 to 7, use one drop 4 times a day while awake. You should space the doses evenly throughout the day.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you the correct method of applying eye drops.
To use the eye drops:
- Wash your hands before using the medication.
- Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.
- Gently pull down the lower eyelid, creating a small pocket.
- Turn the bottle upside down and gently apply one drop into the affected eye.
- Let go of the lower lid and close your eyes for half a minute.
Take care to avoid contaminating the tip of the eye dropper. If you wear contact lenses, you should stop wearing them while you have the eye infection.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.