Levofloxacin

Levofloxacin is an antibiotic sold under several brand names, such as Levaquin and Iquix. It belongs to a class of medications known as fluoroquinolone antibiotics that work by preventing the growth of bacteria. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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What is Levofloxacin?

Levofloxacin is an antibiotic sold under several brand names, such as Levaquin and Iquix. It belongs to a class of medications known as fluoroquinolone antibiotics that work by preventing the growth of bacteria.

What is Levofloxacin used to treat?

Levofloxacin is used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, including sinusitis, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections and chlamydia. As with all antibiotics, it is only effective at treating bacterial infections so it is important to establish that your complaint is not caused by a virus as Levofloxacin will not work. Taking it to treat a virus can create resistance, making it less effective for the treatment of any future infections.

How to take Levofloxacin

it is important to follow the guidelines given by your doctor or in the packet instructions. Levofloxacin is an oral medication usually taken once a day, either with or without food. Drink plenty of water when taking Levofloxacin unless advised otherwise. If you are taking other medications, it is important to space out the intervals between tablets. 
Aim to take the tablets at the same times each day.

Dosage

The dosage of Levofloxacin varies according to the nature and severity of the condition. Other factors affecting the dosage are the patient's weight and age. It is important to complete the prescribed course of antibiotics even if you are feeling better after a few days to prevent the likelihood of the infection recurring. Tell your doctor if the condition does not improve or worsens.

Does Levofloxacin have any side effects?

As with all antibiotics, Levofloxacin does have some side effects. Commonly reported side effects include: 

  • Insomnia;
  • Nausea;
  • Dizziness;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Lightheadedness. 

Talk to your pharmacist if the symptoms persist for more than a few days or increase in severity. Levofloxacin can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun so use a protective suncream for any period of prolonged exposure to the sun. 

Serious side effects are rare. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience: 

  • Any signs of kidney or liver infection, such as dark urine, yellowing eyes and skin and unusual urination patterns; 
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising; 
  • Any of the signs of a severe allergic reaction (skin rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing).

When is it not safe to take Levofloxacin? 

You must tell your doctor about your medical history. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to another antibiotic, Levofloxacin might not be suitable for you. If you have joint or tendon problems, a history of depression or kidney problems, tell your doctor. 
If you are diabetic, Levofloxacin can affect blood sugar levels so it is particularly important to monitor them regularly.

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding / Alcohol / Driving

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking Levofloxacin, although the amounts of the medication are so small as to be unlikely to harm a nursing infant. 
Alcohol can make you feel dizzy when taking Levofloxacin. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you are sure that you can do so safely. 

For more information about Levofloxacin, consult the package information leaflet or book a consultation with a doctor via Dokternoline.com.