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What is Levofloxacin used for?
Levofloxacin is an oral antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus, skin infections, prostate infections, and kidney infections. It belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which fights bacteria in the body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Levofloxacin?
The dosage of Levofloxacin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Levofloxacin with a full glass of water. It may be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Levofloxacin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Levofloxacin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Levofloxacin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Levofloxacin, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Levofloxacin?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Levofloxacin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Levofloxacin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Levofloxacin can interact with blood thinners, diabetes medication, and oral steroid medication.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Levofloxacin?
Like other medicines, Levofloxacin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Levofloxacin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Levofloxacin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Levofloxacin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Levofloxacin can cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, constipation, muscle pain, and insomnia. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Levofloxacin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Levofloxacin?
Is it possible for me to take Levofloxacin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Levofloxacin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Levofloxacin?
How will Levofloxacin work in my body?
How should Levofloxacin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Levofloxacin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Levofloxacin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.