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Levofloxacin, sold under the trade names Levaquin among others, is an antibiotic. It is used to treat a number of bacterial infections including acute bacterial sinusitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, chronic prostatitis, and some types of gastroenteritis.

WHAT IS Levofloxacin?

Levofloxacin is used to treat infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, airways, bones, and joints caused by susceptible bacteria.

Levofloxacin is also frequently used to treat urinary infections, including those resistant to other antibiotics, as well as prostatitis.

Additionally, levofloxacin is effective in treating infectious diarrheas caused by E. coli, campylobacter jejuni, and shigella bacteria.

 

Brand Name(s): Levaquin
CAS nº: 100986-85-4
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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to levofloxacin and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Levaquin® (levofloxacin) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for 9 indications including the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections at a dose of 750 mg once daily.

The U.S. FDA has approved a new, once daily formulation of Levaquin® in a 25 mg/mL oral solution.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Levofloxacin is an antibiotic in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. It fights bacteria in the body.

This medication is used to treat infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, airways, bones, and joints caused by susceptible bacteria. Levofloxacin is also frequently used to treat urinary infections, including those resistant to other antibiotics, as well as prostatitis.

Levofloxacin is also effective in treating infectious diarrheas caused by E. coli, campylobacter jejuni, and shigella bacteria.

Other uses for this medicine

Levofloxacin can also be used to treat various obstetric infections, including mastitis.

Nevertheless, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition.

Dosage and using this medicine

Levofloxacin comes as a tablet which is to be taken by mouth.

It is usually taken once daily for 7-14 days. Treatment for some infections may take 6 weeks or longer.

Take levofloxacin exactly as directed by your doctor.

Take each dose with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day to prevent the formation of levofloxacin crystals in the urine.

It is important to take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after any antacid, or mineral supplement with iron, calcium, zinc, or magnesium since these minerals bind levofloxacin and prevent its absorption.

Levofloxacin may be taken with or without food, and always at evenly spaced intervals.

Take all of the levofloxacin that has been prescribed to you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING LEVOFLOXACIN:

Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease, seizure disorder, heart condition known as prolongation of the QT interval, slow heart rate that is considered a medical condition, low levels of potassium in your blood, or if you are being treated for heart rhythm disturbances (irregular heartbeats) with drugs such as quinidine (Cardioquin®, Quinidex®, Quinaglute®, and others), procainamide (Pronestyl®, Procan SR®, and others), amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®, and others), sotalol (Betapace®), and others.

You may not be able to take levofloxacin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Levofloxacin is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether levofloxacin will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Additionally, it is not known whether levofloxacin passes into breast milk. Similar drugs are known to affect bone development therefore do not take levofloxacin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Levofloxacin is not approved for use by children under 18 years of age. It may interfere with their bone development.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose.

Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Possible side effects from using levofloxacin:

vaginal itching
vaginal candidiasis (fungal infection)

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

upset stomach
diarrhea
vomiting
stomach pain
headache
restlessness

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

skin rash
itching
hives
difficulty breathing or swallowing
swelling of the face or throat
yellowing of the skin or eyes
dark urine
pale or dark stools
blood in urine
pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon
rapid, irregular, or pounding heartbeats

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed and, if necessary, talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

seizures

Product Images

PICTURES OF LEVOFLOXACIN PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of levofloxacin that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: LEVAQUIN
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: LEVAQUIN 500
Manufacturer: ORTHO-McNEIL PHARM.

Name: LEVAQUIN
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: LEVAQUIN 500
Distributors: PD-RX, PHARMA PAC, SOUTHWOOD

Name: LEVAQUIN
Strength(s): 750 MG
Imprint: LEVAQUIN 750
Manufacturer: ORTHO-McNEIL PHARM.

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