Levaquin belongs to the class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which stops multiplication of bacteria by preventing the reproduction and repair of their genetic material, DNA. Other medications of this group are Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, Trovan), and Maxaquin. Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate and people who have been exposed to anthrax.
Dosage and directions
Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach or together with your meal through equal time periods. To avoid formation of Levaquin crystals in urine it is recommended to drink more water than usual.
Avoid long exposure of your body to UV radiation. Be careful if you need to do work which requires high concentration of attention and fast reaction (eg driving). Inform your doctor if you have such serious conditions as kidney or liver disease, myasthenia gravis, joint problems, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia) before to take this medication.
Levaquin is contraindicated in persons with a history of hypersensitivity to Levaquin, quinolones, or any other components of this product.
Possible side effect
The most frequently reported adverse reactions are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headache, constipation. Less common side effects include difficulty sleeping, dizziness, rash, flatulence, pain in upper stomach, and itching. Levaquin should be used with caution in patients with central nervous system disease. Allergic reactions such as hives and anaphylaxis ae also possible.
Avoid eating antacids which contain magnesium and aluminum (Tums or Rolaids), anti-ulcer medication Carafate, vitamins or mineral additions rich with iron or zinc together with Levaquin as their interaction decreases the effect of this antibiotic. Separate these medications with Levaquin with two hours. Interaction is also possible with didanosine (Videx, Videx EC). Inform your doctor if you are taking such medications as Theo-Dur, Theolair, Slo-Phyllin, Slo-Bid, Elixophyllin, warfarin/Coumadin, insulin or any peroral medications treating diabetes (Glucotrol, Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase), or non- steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin), and also Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox, Orudis KT, Orudis, Oruvail.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time of your next dose just skip it and return to your regular schedule. Never double dose this medication.
In case of serious and persistent symptoms of nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and blood in your urine consult your doctor about medical attention.
Store at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture, kids and pets. Do not use after expiration term.