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Levofloxacin Medication - Uses and Side Effects

 

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Genetic Name

  • Levofloxacin Oral.

Brand Names

  • Levaquin.

General Information

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a synthetic widespread spectrum antibacterial agent for oral. Levofloxacin is used treat infections such as pneumonia; Levaquin chemical name is (-)-(S)-9-fluoro-2, 3-dihydro-3-methyl-10-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-7-oxo-7H-pyrido[1, 2, 3-de]-1, 4-benzoxazine-6-carboxylic acid hemihydrate. Levofloxacin has the tendency to form stable coordination compounds with many metal ions. Levofloxacin is effective against a number of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

Levofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Levofloxacin is briefly and essentially entirely absorbed after oral administration. Peak plasma concentrations are usually accomplished one to two hours after oral dosing. It performs by eliminating bacteria that cause infections. Antibiotics will not work against colds, flu, or other viral infections. Levofloxacin is an antibiotic which stops amplification of bacteria by preventing the reproduction and repair of their genetic material (DNA). It is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Likewise, levofloxacin is effective in treating infectious diarrheas caused by E, coli, campylobacter jejuni, and shigella bacteria.

Levofloxacin can also be used to treat several obstetric infections, including mastitis. Levaquin (levofloxacin) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for 9 indications including the treatment of intricated skin and skin structure infections. It is generally taken once daily for 7-14 days. Levofloxacin may be taken with or without food. It is necessary to take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after any antacid, or mineral supplement with iron, calcium, zinc, or magnesium. Side effects from using levofloxacin is itching and candidiasis (fungal infection).

Less common side effects include trouble sleeping, dizziness, abdominal pain, rash and abdominal gas. Levofloxacin is not consented for use by children under 18 years of age. It may interlopes with their bone development. If you are pregnant do not take this medication without consulting to your doctor. In case of overdose, call your local poison control center

Side Effects of Levofloxacin

  • Dizziness.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Rash.

Levofloxacin Dosage

The dose of these medicines will be different for different patients. Take this medication by mouth, normally once daily with or without food. It is typically taken once daily for 7-14 days. Continue to take levofloxacin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking levofloxacin without talking to your doctor. If overdose is suspicioused, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms after receiving high dose of levofloxacin: ataxia, ptosis, decreased locomotor activity, dyspnea, prostration, tremors, and convulsions.

Warnings and precautions before taking Levofloxacin

Levofloxacin is not approved for use by children under 18 years of age. It may horn in with their bone development. Levofloxacin in the dearth of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria. If you are pregnant do not take this medication without consulting to your doctor. Levofloxacin can make your skin moreticklish to the sun. When you first begin taking it, avoid too much sun and do not use a sunlamp until you see how your skin reacts to short periods of sun exposure.