It is a common knowledge that a patient should get to know some information before he starts using this or that medication, especially when it comes to infectious disease treatment or prevention with antibiotics as these drugs are known to severely affect kidneys, liver, heart. The following article will provide you with summary information about one of the popular antibiotics Levaquin (Levofloxacin): indications and diseases commonly treated with the drug, dosages and treatment schemes for various diseases as well as precautions in treatments. Mind that this article doesn’t include all the possible information available and it does not assure you that the medication is appropriate for your personal needs, or effective and safe. However it will give you basic information on Levaquin. It is not a medical advice or a prescription label – you should consult your personal health care professional first. Only your personal doctor can provide you with the complete information about any medicine and give the prescriptions depending on your personal specific needs.
Levaquin description and dosage
Levaquin belongs to a certain group of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones which are taken to fight bacteria in a patient’s body. Infections and inflammations in the human body are caused by bacterial growth. When immune system is challenged it gets weaker and gets disabled to prevent bacteria multiplication. In this case a patient needs alternative means to fight bacteria in the body. Levaquin is one of the powerful antibiotics taken to treat such bacterial infections as skin bacterial infections, infections of sinuses, bladder as well as kidneys and prostate. This antibiotic is also taken to treat pneumonia and bronchitis caused by bacterial infections, and in patients suffering from plague and anthrax. Levaquin is a synthetic antibacterial drug of wide spectrum of action. It means that its action kills many types of bacteria in your body.
However, before starting taking any antibiotics you should know for sure what type of bacteria causing inflammation in your body. Antibiotics are not administered according a list of symptoms. Pain or itching does not mean that it is a bacterial infection and taking Levaquin may turn ineffective. Moreover, not all types of bacteria are susceptible (sensitive) to Levaquin action. That is why tests should be done to find out the bacteria type and to prescribe proper treatment. When taking Levaquin without prior tests and examinations you are at risk as bacteria, causing infection or inflammation in your body, may develop resistance to the action of antibiotics and thus you will require a harder and longer treatment which will severely affect your liver and bowels.
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The medication comes in the forms of tablets (750 mg, 500 mg, 250 mg strength), oral solution (25 mg/mL), injection (in the form of single-use vials for dilution 750 mg in 30 ml and 500 mg in 20 mL), it also can be in the form of injection (premix single-use in flexible containers 750 mg in 150 mL, 500 mg in 100 mL, 250 mg in 50 mL). Injections are commonly indicated when intravenous administration turns more advantageous. Moreover, intravenous injections deliver the active components to the focus of inflammation much faster.
Conditions and treatments
Levaquin is administered for treatment of nosocomial pneumonia, community acquired pneumonia, acute bacterial bronchitis, complicated and uncomplicated skin infections, bacterial acute and chronic prostatitis, urinary tract infections, pyelonephritis. Each case will require certain treatment scheme which can be administered only by your health care provider.
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for complex treatment of 5 days and more. The maximum treatment course is 21 days. If the symptoms and the disease are still present in your body, then your treatment will be revised. Still you can feel better even after the first pill or injection. But ease of symptoms does not mean that the bacteria are killed and you are recovered. If you stop taking Levaquin beforehand, you will surely develop the same infection in 21 days or less. Only doctor will decide in which form, in which dosage and for how long you should take Levaquin.
After you get Levaquin prescription, pay attention to the following precautions before taking it. Do not take the antibiotic in case you have allergy to it or any other medicines from the same group (Ofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, Moxifloxacin and others) to avoid drug interaction. In case you suffer from any muscle disorder, you are not allowed to use the medication. Inform your doctor about the following health conditions to make sure you may take Levofloxacin safely:
– history (personal or family) of Long QT syndrome;
– disorders of heart rhythm;
– disorders of nerve or muscle;
– joint problems, problems with tendon;
– problems with bones;
– epilepsy or any other seizures;
– disease of kidney or liver;
– history of or risks of possible allergy to antibiotics;
– history of brain tumor or of head injury;
– using blood thinner medications;
You should also list all other medications you are taking continuously of occasionally as some medications are known to interact with antibiotics reducing their curing power.
The medication belongs to category C of FDA pregnancy list. It is still not known if the antibiotic may do harm to the nursing baby and if it has the ability to pass into breast milk.
Before taking the first pill of Levofloxacin read the information label carefully. It may contain crucial information on side effects, contraindications and possible drug interactions. When you get it delivered, pay attention to what you should avoid while taking the medication. So do not take containing aluminum or magnesium antacids; iron, magnesium, aluminum or zinc mineral supplements or vitamins; chewable tablets of Didanosine or in powder. They lessen the effectiveness of the antibiotic. Ask your personal doctor for more and consult him any time you have questions.
How to take Levofloxacin?
Levofloxacin is taken as administered. If you are prescribed Levaquin in pills, then every pill should be taken by mouth not chewing the pill with water. If you are administered Levaquin in injections, then every injection should be made by health care specialist in equal intervals of time.
Any infection needs complex treatment. You should follow all prescriptions of your doctor when taking Levofloxacin. You should not increase the dosage in attempts to faster clean out the infection from your body. Levofloxacin may cause some side effects. Feeling bad, you should not stop taking the drug. Any additional symptoms or side effects require seeing your doctor immediately.
When feeling better with Levofloxacin, you should not withdraw the medication on your own as complete recovery from any bacterial disease may be proved only with laboratory tests and thorough examination.