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Levaquin is a fluoroquinolones class of antibiotic that is used to treat certain bacterial infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, sinus, urinary tract infection, kidney infection along with prostate and skin infections. This drug is also used to prevent anthrax in individuals, who have been exposed to anthrax germs in the air. Approved by majority of the drug regulatory authorities, Levaquin fights the bacteria in the body. It is known to treat or prevent infections that are proven to be caused by susceptible bacteria. It is available in tablet liquid and injection form for treating different type of bacterial infections.
It is vital for the patients to stick to the doctor’s recommended usage instructions in order to have best effect of the drug. Some of the significant usage instructions related with Levofloxacin include:
Different dosages of Levaquin are prescribed for treating variety of bacterial infections. Dosages are also determined on several factors like age, weight, severity of the problem, condition for which they are treated and medical conditions of the patients. Dosages for different types of infections are stated below:
In case if a dose is missed by a patient then the missed dose can be taken upon remembering it. If the time for next dose has come then patient should skip the missed dose and continue with the regular dosing schedule. Patients should never take double dose to compensate for the missed dose.
Overdose of the drug should be strictly avoided and if anyone has accidentally taken the overdose of the drug, then the victim should be provided with emergency medical help. Overdose victim can also consult to their local poison helpline. Some of the overdose symptoms include loss of coordination, drooping eyelids, weakness, decreased activity, trouble breathing, sweating, tremors, or seizure.
Levaquin should be stored at normal room temperature and must be kept inside its original packaging. It should be protected from direct sunlight, heat and excessive moisture. It should be kept away from children and pets. All the unused and expired medicines must be safely disposed.
Before starting treatment with Levaquin, patients must inform their doctor about their medical profile which includes their medical conditions or medications that they are currently taking. It is essential to inform doctor to ensure that the drug therapy does not conflict with the patient and cause further health complications in patient. Below is a list of warnings and precautions that patients should be aware of are:
Individuals suffering from any of the following problems must inform their doctor before using Levofloxacin:
Most patients tolerate this drug and do not experience any side effects. Some patients taking Levaquin may experience some of the common side effects that are not serious and do not require any medical attention. Common side effects reported with this drug include:
Few patients using Levofloxacin may experience uncommon or severe side effects. Upon experiencing any of the severe side effects, patients must immediately stop using the drug and consult their doctor. Severe side effects that can be rarely experienced by some patients include:
Patients prescribed with Levofloxacin must inform their doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, herbal medications and vitamin supplements that they are taking. It is important because certain drugs if taken along with Levofloxacin can cause drug interaction. Beside certain drugs, even the use of alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes and elicit drugs are known to affect the action of levaquin. Thus patients using any such product must inform their doctor. Drugs that are known to interact with Levaquin are: