In this study, the application of ionic materials as a combination antibiotic drug was investigated. The fluoroquinolone, Norfloxacin, was converted into the ionic form and combined with the cationic dye, IR780+, using an ion-exchange reaction. The resulting ionic combination drug possesses two killing mechanisms in one compound. The antibiotic chemical mechanism along with the photothermal mechanism that was acquired by adding IR780 to the compound led to the development of a combination antibiotic drug. This ionic combination drug consisting of Norfloxacin anion and IR780 cation is easily dispersed in water using sonication waves. The parent compounds and ionic combination drug, dissolved in organic solvent and dispersed in water, were characterized, and the photophysical properties were studied in detail. It was discovered that the aqueous ionic combination drugs exhibited significant changes in absorbance and photoluminescent properties. In aqueous media, the dispersed ionic combination drug exhibited a very broad absorbance with an additional peak around 1000 nm which is advantageous in photothermal. A significant decrease in the quantum yield along with enhanced non-radiative rate constant was observed for the combination drug in the aqueous. The photothermal mechanism is present in both the parent IR780 dye and the ionic combination drug. The ionic combination drug displayed a high light-to-heat conversion efficiency and temperature increase similar to the parent dye. The combination of both killing mechanisms in the ionic combination drug resulted in enhanced antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli as compared to the parent Norfloxacin and IR780-I individually.