Levaquin (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Levaquin (Oral) Medication Classification
LEVOFLOXACIN (By mouth)
Levaquin (Oral) Brandname
Levaquin, Levaquin Leva-pak
Levaquin (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Levofloxacin (lee-voe-FLOX-a-sin) Treats infections that are caused by bacteria. This medicine is a fluoroquinolone (floor-oh-KWIN-oh-lone) antibiotic.
When To Not Use Levaquin (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to levofloxacin or to similar medicines such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro®), enoxacin (Penetrex®), gatifloxacin (Tequin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox®), norfloxacin (Noroxin®), ofloxacin (Floxin®), or trovafloxacin (Trovan®). This medicine should not be given to children.
How Should You Use Levaquin (Oral)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
- You may take your medicine with or without food. To help prevent kidney problems, drink extra fluids while you are using this medicine. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Proper Levaquin (Oral) Storage
Store Levaquin (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Levaquin (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Levaquin (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), theophylline, diabetes medicine taken by mouth (such as glyburide, Amaryl®, Actos, Avandia®, Glucotrol®, Glucophage®), or pain or arthritis medicine (such as aspirin, diclofenac, etodolac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, Advil®, Aleve®, Daypro®, Dolobid®, Feldene®, Motrin®, Orudis®, Relafen®, Voltaren®).
- If you are also using antacids, multivitamins (with calcium, iron, or zinc), sucralfate (Carafate®), or didanosine (Videx®) powder or chewable/buffered tablets, take these medicines at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you use levofloxacin.
- Avoid caffeine (coffee, soda, chocolate) while you are using this medicine.
Levaquin (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of heart disease, heart rhythm problems, kidney disease, hypokalemia (low blood potassium), stroke, or seizure disorder (such as epilepsy).
- This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
- Call your doctor if you have pain, swelling, or tearing of a tendon, such as in the back of your knee or ankle, in your shoulder or elbow, or in your hand or wrist. You may need to stop taking the medicine.
Levaquin (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Chest pain
- Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- Unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash, redness, blistering, or peeling
- Yellow eyes or skin If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dizziness, nervousness, anxiety, confusion, or agitation
- Muscle or joint pain
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation
- Sores or white patches in your mouth or throat
- Vaginal itching or discharge