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Levofloxacin
(Generic alternative to Levaquin)

Manufacturer : Cipla
Formulation : Tablet

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Levaquin
(Levofloxacin)

Manufacturer : Sanofi Aventis
Formulation : Tablet

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What is Levaquin /Levofloxacin used for?

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) a medication used to treat bacterial infections that affect the kidneys, bladder, prostate, skin, and sinuses. Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is an antibiotic called fluoroquinolones. This drug can also treat infections from bacteria that cause bronchitis or pneumonia or people who have been exposed to anthrax.

How should Levaquin /Levofloxacin be stored?

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) should be stored away from moisture and heat at room temperature.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Levaquin/Levofloxacin ?

Follow your doctor's instructions and the label on your prescription closely. Do not take larger doses than recommended. Take Levaquin (Levofloxacin) with a full glass of water and remember to drink several extra glasses of fluids daily while taking Levaquin (Levofloxacin). You can take this drug with or without food. For the oral solution, take it on an empty stomach 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after. Measure the liquid medication with dose measuring cup or spoon. Keep taking the medication for the entire course even if your symptoms improve.

When should Levaquin /Levofloxacin not be taken?

Avoid taking Levaquin (Levofloxacin) if you are allergic to levofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), and others. Also, before taking Levaquin (Levofloxacin), tell your doctor if you have a heart rhythm disorder, especially if you are being treated with one of these medications: quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinidex, Quinaglute), disopyramide (Norpace), bretylium (Bretylol), procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan SR), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), or sotalol (Betapace). Lastly, if you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use Levaquin (Levofloxacin). Before you take Levaquin (Levofloxacin), tell your doctor if you have: a history of allergic reaction to an antibiotic; myasthenia gravis; joint problems; kidney or liver disease; seizures or epilepsy; diabetes; low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome."

What precautions should I follow when taking Levaquin /Levofloxacin ?

It is possible that you are taking certain medication that cannot be taken at the same time as Levaquin (Levofloxacin), avoid taking other medication within 2 hours of taking Levaquin (Levofloxacin). The following medication can make Levaquin (Levofloxacin) less effective: antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum (such as Maalox, Mylanta, or Rolaids); the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate); didanosine (Videx) powder or chewable tablets; or vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron or zinc. In addition, while taking Levaquin (Levofloxacin), avoid exposure to sunlamps, tanning beds, and sunlight as Levaquin (Levofloxacin) can mek your skin more sensitive to sunlight and you may get a sunburn more easily.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Levaquin /Levofloxacin ?

If antibiotic medication is causing diarrhea, it maybe a sign that you have an infection. Call your doctor immediately if your diarrhea is watery or has blood in it. Also remember to not take diarrhea stopping medication unless your doctor has said you can. Lastly, be aware that Levaquin (Levofloxacin) can impair your judgment and reaction speed so do not perform any tasks that require full mental awareness.

When should Levaquin /Levofloxacin not be taken?

Seek medication attention if you have any of these severe Levaquin (Levofloxacin) side effects: dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat; sudden pain or swelling near your joints (especially in your arm or ankle); diarrhea that is watery or bloody; confusion, hallucinations, depression, unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, weakness; urinating less than usual or not at all; easy bruising or bleeding; numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet; fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild.

Less serious Levaquin (Levofloxacin) side effects may include: nausea, diarrhea, constipation; feeling restless, anxious, or depressed; headache, dizziness; muscle pain; sleep problems (insomnia or nightmares); vaginal itching or discharge; or mild skin itching.

Seek medical attention immediately if you are having allergic reaction symptoms such as: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Levaquin (Levofloxacin) and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

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