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Generic Levaquin is a medicine that has Levofloxacin as an active component and is found in the group of fluoroquinolones (antibiotics). The med is used when it’s needed to fight bacteria.
You may use Levofloxacin for the treating of various bacterial infections – of kidneys, skin, prostate, the sinuses, bladder, etc. The med is also helpful in the treating of pneumonia and bronchitis and aids patients exposed to plague or anthrax.
The medication is available in various strengths and dosages: you can find Levofloxacin 750mg, 500 mg and 250 mg:
•for the treating of UTI it’s recommended to use Levofloxacin 250mg,
•for Chronic Bronchitis or Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis – Levofloxacin 500mg,
•for Pneumonia, Acute Pyelonephritis, Complicated Skin or UT infections – Levofloxacin 750mg.
Levofloxacin: contraindications and precautions
A patient is contraindicated to use the med if s/he’s allergic to fluoroquinolones like:
You can use Levofloxacin only after consulting a medical professional if you have any of the below mentioned conditions:
•a history of an allergy to an antibiotic;
•a history of brain tumor;
•a history of head injury;
•a heart rhythm disorder;
•Long QT syndrome;
•Using any of these medicines: propafenone, dofetilide, amiodarone, ibutilide, sotalol, disopyramide, quinidine, procainamide.
Levofloxacin during pregnancy and breastfeeding
The med has FDA pregnancy category C. If you are pregnant and going to use Levofloxacin, do this only if recommended by a doctor.
Breastfeeding women should avoid using Levofloxacin as it passes into breast milk and is found as harmful for newborns.
Levofloxacin: important to know
It is known that the med has the ability to cause tearing or swelling of a tendon. Patients aged 60 and more as well as those who have lung/kidney/heart transplant are at the highest risk, so before they use Levofloxacin they should consult a medical specialist.
In case a patient feels pain in his/her joints or has any problems with movement, s/he should call for medical help asap.
Certain meds that are often to be taken during the treatment with Levofloxacin should be administrated 2 h before/after each other. These meds include:
If you prefer using Levofloxacin, then you should read the instructions attentively. Follow all the rules:
•The pill should be followed by 8 ounces of water, several extra glasses should be drunk during the day.
•Liquid medicine is to be taken on empty stomach 1 h before/2h after meal.
•Do not skip doses, as it may cause the infection to come back.
•Avoid overdosing, or you may have such problems as drooping eyelids, tremors, decreased activity, weakness, seizure, trouble breathing, loss of coordination, sweating.
Levofloxacin: side effects
Using Levofloxacin 500mg, 250 mg or 750 mg may cause similar side effects in some cases. Severe side effects may include:
•problems (of any kind) with joints
•diarrhea, especially watery or with blood
•ringing in the ears
•upper stomach pain
•severe skin reactions
•problems with urinating
•loss of appetite
•any kind of skin rash
You should appeal to medics at once if you have any of the above mentioned symptoms. You may stay calm and use Levofloxacin further if you have less serious side effects that usually go away quickly: constipation, mild headache, mild diarrhea, dizziness, vaginal itching, sleep problems.
Levofloxacin: drug interactions
Levofloxacin 500mg, 250mg or 750 mg all can interact with some other medications including:
•oral diabetes meds,
•migraine headache meds,
•medications for psychiatric disorders;
•meds for preventing vomiting/nausea;
If you are using any of the above-mentioned drugs, you should consult a medical professional before you use Levofloxacin and start using this medicine. Interaction of the drugs may cause side effects or affect the efficiency of one of the drugs. To prevent this a competent medical advice is needed.