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General Information on Levofloxacin

Generic Name : Levofloxacin

Pronunciation : LEE-voe-FLOX-a-sin

Latest prescription information about Levofloxacin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Antibiotics

Why is Levofloxacin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is prescribed for treating certain bacterial infections, and preventing anthrax. It is a quinolone antibiotic. It kills sensitive bacteria.  

When should Levofloxacin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in people with known hypersensitivity, children younger than 18 years.

What is the dosage of Levofloxacin?

Dosage varies from 250 to 750 mg daily for 7 to 14 days. It may be administered for 3 days for urinary tract infection and 28 days for prolonged infection of the prostate.

How should Levofloxacin be taken?

It comes as a tablet and a solution (liquid) to take by mouth (orally). It is usually taken once a day with or without food. (Ensure adequate fluid intake.) Oral solution: Should be taken on an empty stomach also given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.

What are the warnings and precautions for Levofloxacin?

Two hours time interval should be there in between antacids, didanosine and to this medication.

It may cause dizziness, tiredness. Do not drive a car, operate machinery while taking this medication.

It may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of prolonged QT interval, irregular heartbeat, nerve problems, low level of potassium in your blood, slow heartbeat, thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries in the brain, seizures, chest pain or liver disease.

Pediatric patients may develop with increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders; consult with your healthcare provider about this.

What are the side effects of Levofloxacin?

  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation and inflammation of the throat.
  Central Nervous System: Headache, sleeplessness, seizures, dizziness, confusion, hearing voices that do not exist and depression.
  Eye and ENT: Transient decrease in vision, ocular burning, ocular pain or discomfort and foreign body sensation.
  Miscellaneous: Injection site reactions, fever, excessive sensitivity to light and chest pain.

What are the other precautions for Levofloxacin?

Monitor liver, kidney, blood cells regularly while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Levofloxacin?

Intravenous: Store below 25C (77F). Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.

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