Levaquin (Levofloxacin)

Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate. It is also used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax.

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10 mg (EU2EU) 30
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10 mg (EU2EU) 90
10 mg (EU2EU) 120
10 mg (EU2EU) 180

How is it used?

Levaquin is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. It can also be used to prevent or stop anthrax after exposure. Levaquin is a quinolone antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

For what conditions or diseases is this medicine prescribed?

Treats bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea, skin infections or for Antibiotics

Levaquin is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. It can also be used to prevent or stop anthrax after exposure. Levaquin is a quinolone antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

DO NOT use Levaquin if

  • are allergic to any ingredient in Levaquin or any other quinolone antibiotic (for example, ciprofloxacin)
  • have a certain type of irregular heartbeat (QT prolongation, long QT syndrome) or low potassium levels in your blood
  • you are taking cisapride or certain antiarrhythmics (eg amiodarone, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol).

Contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately if any of these apply to you.

Some medical conditions can interact with Levaquin. Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you are allergic to medicines, foods or other substances
  • if you have a history of severe or persistent diarrhea, skin sensitivity to the sun, diabetes, low potassium levels in the blood, chest pain, angina pectoris, heart problems (for example, an enlarged heart, heart failure), heart attack myocardium, irregular heart rhythm (eg QT prolongation), or if you have a family member with a history of fast, slow or irregular heart rhythm (eg QT prolongation)
  • if you have a stomach infection, liver problems, brain or nervous system problems, muscle problems (for example myasthenia gravis), increased pressure in the brain, Alzheimer's disease, problems with the blood vessels in the brain or a history of convulsions
  • if you have a history of bone, joint or tendon problems; rheumatoid arthritis; liver problems; kidney problems or decreased kidney function; or heart, kidney, or lung transplant
  • if you take corticosteroids (for example prednisone) or participate in strenuous work or physical exercise.

Some medications can interact with Levaquin. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following

  • Antiarrhythmics (eg, amiodarone, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol), arsenic, astemizole, cisapride, dofetilide, droperidol, haloperidol, imidazoles (eg, ketoconazole), macrolides (eg, erythromycin), methadone, phenothiazone, paliperidines (eg. Chlorpromazine), pimozide, ranolazine, serotonin receptor antagonists (e.g. dolasetron), telithromycin, terfenadine or ziprasidone as these may increase the risk of serious heart problems such as irregular heartbeat.
  • Insulin or oral medications for diabetes (eg glyburide), as this may increase the risk of high or low blood sugar
  • Corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) because it can increase the risk of tendon problems
  • Anticoagulants (eg warfarin) because it may increase the risk of bleeding
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen) or theophylline because it may increase the risk of serious side effects, including seizures
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) (for example, duloxetine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased with Levaquin.

This may not be a complete list of all the interactions that can occur. Ask your doctor if Levaquin can interact with other medications you take. Check with your doctor before starting, stopping, or changing the dose of any medicine.

Important safety information:

  • Levaquin can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects can be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medications. Use Levaquin with caution. Don't drive or perform other potentially unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Mild diarrhea is common with the use of antibiotics. However, in rare cases a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may occur. This can develop while you are using the antibiotic or in the months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Don't treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Levaquin only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (for example, the common cold).
  • Make sure to use Levaquin throughout the treatment. If you don't, the medicine may not clear the infection completely. The bacteria may also become less sensitive to this or other medications. This could make it difficult to treat the infection in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Levaquin may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection appear. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat it.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience pain or inflammation of a tendon or weakness or loss of use of a joint area. Rest the area and avoid exercise until instructed to do so by your doctor.
  • Levaquin can make you sunburn more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Levaquin. Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you have to be outdoors for more than a time.
  • If you plan to receive a typhoid vaccine while you are using Levaquin, talk to your doctor. Levaquin can make the vaccine less effective.
  • Diabetes patients: Levaquin can affect your blood sugar level. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Levaquin can interfere with certain laboratory tests. Make sure your doctor and the laboratory personnel know that you are using Levaquin.
  • Laboratory tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell count, may be done while you are using Levaquin. These tests can be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Make sure you keep all your medical and lab appointments.
  • Use Levaquin with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects (eg tendon problems), especially if they take corticosteroids (eg prednisone). They may also be more sensitive to other effects (eg, irregular heartbeat, liver problems).
  • Levaquin should be used with extreme caution in children under 18 years of age; may be more sensitive to its effects, especially joint and tendon problems
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, consult your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Levaquin during pregnancy. Levaquin is found in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Levaquin.

Use Levaquin as directed in the package leaflet.

How should this medicine be used?

Use Levaquin as directed by your doctor.

  • Do not take the medicine in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
  • Take Levaquin with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of liquid each day while you are taking Levaquin.
  • You can take Levaquin tablets with or without food.
  • Take this medicine for as long as it has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection clears completely. Levaquin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or the flu.
  • This medicine can cause you to have unusual results in certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Levaquin.
  • Levaquin works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • Do not miss any doses of Levaquin. If you miss a dose of Levaquin, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at the same time.

Ask your doctor any questions you have about how to use Levaquin.

What are the side effects that this medicine could cause?

Important safety information:

  • Levaquin can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects can be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medications. Use Levaquin with caution. Don't drive or perform other potentially unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Mild diarrhea is common with the use of antibiotics. However, in rare cases a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may occur. This can develop while you are using the antibiotic or in the months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Don't treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Levaquin only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (for example, the common cold).
  • Make sure to use Levaquin throughout the treatment. If you don't, the medicine may not clear the infection completely. The bacteria may also become less sensitive to this or other medications. This could make it difficult to treat the infection in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Levaquin may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection appear. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat it.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience pain or inflammation of a tendon or weakness or loss of use of a joint area. Rest the area and avoid exercise until instructed to do so by your doctor.
  • Levaquin can make you sunburn more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Levaquin. Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you have to be outdoors for more than a time.
  • If you plan to receive a typhoid vaccine while you are using Levaquin, talk to your doctor. Levaquin can make the vaccine less effective.
  • Diabetes patients: Levaquin can affect your blood sugar level. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Levaquin can interfere with certain laboratory tests. Make sure your doctor and the laboratory personnel know that you are using Levaquin.
  • Laboratory tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell count, may be done while you are using Levaquin. These tests can be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Make sure you keep all your medical and lab appointments.
  • Use Levaquin with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects (eg tendon problems), especially if they take corticosteroids (eg prednisone). They may also be more sensitive to other effects (eg, irregular heartbeat, liver problems).
  • Levaquin should be used with extreme caution in children under 18 years of age; may be more sensitive to its effects, especially joint and tendon problems
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, consult your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Levaquin during pregnancy. Levaquin is found in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Levaquin.

How is Levaquin (Levofloxacin) stored?

Store Levaquin at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep Levaquin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

what should I do in case of an overdose?

Do not miss any doses of Levaquin.
If you miss a dose of Levaquin, use it as soon as you remember.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not use 2 doses at the same time Ask your doctor any questions you have about how to use Levaquin.

Important safety information:

  • Levaquin can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects can be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medications. Use Levaquin with caution. Don't drive or perform other potentially unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Mild diarrhea is common with the use of antibiotics. However, in rare cases a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may occur. This can develop while you are using the antibiotic or in the months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Don't treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Levaquin only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (for example, the common cold).
  • Make sure to use Levaquin throughout the treatment. If you don't, the medicine may not clear the infection completely. The bacteria may also become less sensitive to this or other medications. This could make it difficult to treat the infection in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Levaquin may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection appear. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat it.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience pain or inflammation of a tendon or weakness or loss of use of a joint area. Rest the area and avoid exercise until instructed to do so by your doctor.
  • Levaquin can make you sunburn more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Levaquin. Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you have to be outdoors for more than a time.
  • If you plan to receive a typhoid vaccine while you are using Levaquin, talk to your doctor. Levaquin can make the vaccine less effective.
  • Diabetes patients: Levaquin can affect your blood sugar level. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Levaquin can interfere with certain laboratory tests. Make sure your doctor and the laboratory personnel know that you are using Levaquin.
  • Laboratory tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell count, may be done while you are using Levaquin. These tests can be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Make sure you keep all your medical and lab appointments.
  • Use Levaquin with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects (eg tendon problems), especially if they take corticosteroids (eg prednisone). They may also be more sensitive to other effects (eg, irregular heartbeat, liver problems).
  • Levaquin should be used with extreme caution in children under 18 years of age; may be more sensitive to its effects, especially joint and tendon problems
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, consult your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Levaquin during pregnancy. Levaquin is found in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Levaquin.

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