FDA approved Levofloxacin in 1996. Levofloxacin is an antibiotic, it stops multiplication of bacteria by the way of preventing the reproduction and repair of their genetic material (DNA).Many common human infections are caused by single cell organisms (i.e. bacteria). Bacteria grow, multiply and infect different parts of the body. Antibiotics control and eradicate these bacteria. Levofloxacin belongs to the class of antibiotics, called Fluoroquinolones, this class also includes ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and lomefloxacin (Maxaquin).
Usually Levaquin is taken once a day. You should take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after any antacid, or mineral supplement with iron, calcium, zinc, or magnesium because Levofloxacin is bound by these minerals, thus its absorption is prevented.
If you miss to take the dose of this medicine you can take it as soon as possible. But if it is near the time to take the next dose, you should not take the missed dose, you take only the next dose according to the schedule. You should not take a double dose of this medicine unless your doctor prescribes it.
Usually Levaquin is stored and used by a health care provider. If Levofloxacin is used at home, it should be stored according to the directions of your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and away from pets. Levofloxacin should not be exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.
Levaquin Safety information
- This medicine may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, thus, as a result, you may have severe sunburn. If you can not avoid exposure to the sun, you are recommended to wear protective clothing and sunscreen. If you get severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after exposure to the sun, you should contact your doctor.
- Levofloxacin may cause dizziness. Caution should be used during driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. If you experience dizziness, you should avoid such activities.
- It is not recommended to use Levaquin for pregnant women because it causes joint and bone deformities in juvenile animals of several species. Also it is not recommended to use this medication for breast-feeding women because it causes joint and bone deformities in juvenile animals of several species.
- It is better not to use Levaquin for persons under the age of 18 years.
Levaquin Side effects
Nausea or vomiting (1 out of every 12 persons), diarrhea (1 out of 20), headache (1 out of 20), and constipation (1 out of 30) are the most frequently reported side effects. Difficulty sleeping, dizziness, abdominal pain, rash, abdominal gas, and itching belong to less common side effects.
You should stop taking Levaquin and seek emergency medical attention or promptly contact your doctor if you have any of the following serious side effects: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); seizures; confusion or hallucinations; irregular heartbeats, chest pain, or fainting; liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue); or muscle or joint pain.
You should continue taking Levofloxacin and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following less serious side effects: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation; headache or lightheadedness; drowsiness; insomnia; ringing in the ears; or increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. You may also experience side effects other than those listed above. You should inform your doctor if you have any side effect that seems unusual or is especially bothersome.