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Active Ingredient: Levofloxacin
Utilization: Used to treat severe or life-threatening bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea and skin infections
Available Dosages: 250mg, 500mg and 750mg
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Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is an antibiotic which stops the growth of bacteria. This medication is used to treat different bacterial infections: severe or life-threatening bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea and skin infections. Levofloxacin is also used to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax or certain types of plague. But Levaquin (Levofloxacin) will not work for viral infections (cold, flu). Be careful: if you use antibiotic when it is not needed it can be useless in treating of future infections.
Indication for use
Levaquin (Levofloxacin) can be taken by almost all adults who have:
· uncomplicated and complicated urinary tract infections(including pyelonephritis);
· chronic bacterial prostatitis;
· infections of the skin and soft tissues;
· acute sinusitis;
· exacerbation of chronic bronchitis.
Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is not recommended to use if you have: an allergy to Levofloxacin; intolerance to active / auxiliary components; epilepsy; children and adolescents under 18 years of age (due to incomplete skeletal growth, since the risk of damage to cartilaginous growth points cannot be completely excluded); period of breastfeeding.
In case of pregnancy you have to consult with your doctor.
Dose and usage
Levaquin (Levofloxacin) can be of different doses:
250mg – elongated red tablet, 500mg – elongated peach tablet, 750mg – elongated white tablet. There is also Levaquin (Levofloxacin) solution and eye drops.
Before taking this medication consult with your attending physician.
The standard dose for adults is
In case of community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia - 500 mg once daily for 7-14 days or 750 mg once daily for 5 days.
In case of acute bacterial sinusitis - 500 mg once daily for 10-14 days or 750 mg once daily for 5 days
In case of acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis 500 mg once daily for 7 days.
In case of skin/skin structure infections: Uncomplicated- 500 mg once daily for 7-10 days. Complicated - 750 mg once daily for 7-14 days.
In case of chronic bacterial prostatitis - 500 mg once daily for 28 days.
In case of complicated urinary tract infections and acute pyelonephritis - 250 mg once daily for 10 days or 750 mg once daily for 5 days.
In case of uncomplicated urinary tract infections
250 mg once daily for 3 days.
In case of acne vulgaris 100 mg every 8 hours for 4 weeks.
The medication should be taken orally independently on mealtime, do not chew the tablet, drink plenty of water.
As any others medications Levaquin (Levofloxacin) can have in some cases side effects such as: bad effect on tendons; myasthenia gravis; hypersensitivity reactions;
action on the central nervous system; diarrhea; skin rash or redness; nausea; vomiting; dizziness; weakness; headache.
Tell your doctor if you have some side effects or your condition worsens.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 22.06.2022