This medicine is a part of the group of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. It fights the bacteria in the body and stops their growth.
The dosage of Levaquin (levofloxacin) can vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the severity of the infection, and the individual patient's medical history. It is crucial to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the directions on the prescription label.
For most infections, the typical adult dosage of oral Levaquin ranges from 250 mg to 750 mg once daily. However, the dosage may be adjusted based on the type and severity of the infection.
For complicated urinary tract infections or respiratory tract infections, the recommended dosage may be higher, usually ranging from 500 mg to 750 mg once daily.
For children, the dosage is determined based on their weight and the specific condition being treated. The pediatric dosage of Levaquin is typically prescribed as a once-daily dose, with the specific amount determined by the child's weight.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Some frequently asked questions about Levofloxacin
What is levofloxacin?
Levofloxacin is an antibiotic medication belonging to the fluoroquinolone class. It is used to treat various bacterial infections.
What conditions can levofloxacin treat?
Levofloxacin is commonly prescribed for respiratory tract infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis), urinary tract infections (UTIs), skin and soft tissue infections, sinusitis, and certain types of bacterial prostatitis.
How is levofloxacin taken?
Levofloxacin is typically taken orally in the form of tablets or oral solution. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on the specific infection and the severity of the condition. It is important to follow the prescribed instructions and complete the full course of treatment.
Are there any side effects associated with levofloxacin?
Like any medication, levofloxacin can cause side effects. Common side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and skin rash. In rare cases, levofloxacin may cause more serious side effects, such as tendon rupture or a condition called peripheral neuropathy. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects, seek medical attention.
Can levofloxacin interact with other medications?
Levofloxacin may interact with certain medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anticoagulants, and some antacids containing aluminum or magnesium. Inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are currently taking to avoid potential interactions.
Can levofloxacin be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before using levofloxacin during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. They can evaluate the potential risks and benefits and provide guidance based on your specific situation.
What should I do if I miss a dose of levofloxacin?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.
How should levofloxacin be stored?
Levofloxacin should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Follow the storage instructions provided with the specific product or consult your pharmacist for guidance.
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