Antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin)
This medicine is a part of the group of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. It fights the bacteria in the body and stops their growth.
Composition of Levaquin:
It is a broad spectrum antibacterial agent used for oral and intravenous administration. The formula of Levaquin is C18H20FN3O4 • ½ H2O. The molecular weight is 370.38. It is a light yellowish-white to yellow-white crystal or crystalline powder. It is readily soluble in water at a certain pH level. The 250 mg of this medicine contains: crospovidone, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate, magnesium stearate, synthetic red iron oxide and titanium dioxide.
Uses of Levaquin:
It is used to deal with bacterial infections of the kidneys, sinuses, bladder, skin, or prostate. Apart from these, it is also used to treat bacterial infections that lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. At times it is also used to deal with people who have been exposed to plague or anthrax .
Side- Effects of Levaquin:
Levaquin is known to have caused side effects in patients who were prescribed this medicine. These can range from severe to not that severe conditions, however, it is important that you consult your doctor or get medical help immediately if you develop any of the symptom of an allergic reaction such as the first sign of a skin rash; hives, rapid heart rate, unable to breathe and swelling of throat. This medicine is also known to cause swelling of the tendon and can also have serious effects on your nerves. It may also cause permanent nerve damage. Apart from the above medical conditions, in case you develop any of the signs below, consult your doctor immediately: mild headache, tendon rupture, bruising, sudden pain, swelling, tenderness, popping sound in your joints, sore throat, stiffness, movement problems, numbness, tingling, burning pain, temperature sensitivity, chest pain, severe dizziness, fainting, dark urine, nausea, stomach pain, itching,fast heartbeats, tired feeling, loss of appetite, jaundice, muscle weakness, diarrhea, weakness, fever, chills, easy bruising or bleeding, sadness, confusion, paranoia, restlessness, unusual thoughts, behavior, insomnia, nightmares, eye redness, small white patches on the surface of your eye, seizure, headaches, sensation in the ears, vision problems, pain in the eyes, constipation, mild diarrhea, and mild dizziness.Stop using the medicine and do not use any other medicine for the side effects as it may cause further complications.
Contraindications of Levaquin:
It is advised not to use this medicine if you are allergic to this medicine or if you have any other type of allergies. This medicine should also be avoided if you have myasthenia gravis or kidney or liver diseases. Please consult your doctor before using this medicine.
Pregnancy and Levaquin:
This medicine can cause bone deformities in the fetus and hence is not advised. It is passed into the breast milk and hence should not be used while breast feeding.