Main information about Levaquin.
Levaquin is an antibiotic of the broad action for the peroral use. It contains an ingredient Levofloxacin which belongs to the group of fluoroquinolones.
Levofloxacin has the highest Cmax among all fluoroquinolones, and it is not achieved by any other fluoroquinolones depending on their dose and usage.
Due to this, Levaquin may be used in high doses for a short period, in order to quickly and effectively neutralize an infectious process.
Levaquin provides a bactericidal action against many bacteria including gram-positive, gram-negative, atypical and anaerobic flora.
This antibiotic is considered the best product in the treatment of the infectious diseases of urinary tracts and genitals.
To treat prostatitis, the efficiency of Levaquin exceeds 90%. None modern antibiotic has such rates.
But Levaquin may be also used in the treatment of other infectious processes: pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, atheroma, furunculosis, abscess, sinusitis, otitis media, and others.
Administration and dose of Levaquin
The pills of Levaquin are used orally between meals but one hour before eating.
The pills should be used with a full glass of water. If infectious diseases of the respiratory tracts and HENT, take a pill of Levaquin 500 mg once per day within 5-14 days.
If infectious diseases of the urinary tracts, a pill of Levaquin 250 mg is used within 7-10 days; and if prostatitis, Levaquin 500 mg is used within 28 days.
If tuberculosis, Levaquin 500 mg is used 1-2 times per day within 90 days.
In case of the normal functioning of the kidneys and absence of other contraindications, severe infectious processes, the daily/one-time dose of Levaquin may be increased up to 750 mg.
The length of the treatment is decreased up to 5-7 days during this approach, and the high Cmax of the antibiotic in the blood provides more directed and strong action to the bacterial microflora.
If kidney diseases, a dose of Levaquin is decreased depending on the clearance of creatinine: up to 250 mg or 125 mg per day.
Recommendations for the use
- To avoid the skin allergic reactions, it is necessary to avoid direct ultraviolet lights during the use of Levaquin
- Levaquin is not prescribed patients under 18 years old, and pregnant women.
- If an urgent need in Levaquin appeared during the lactation, it is necessary to stop breast-feeding
- If epilepsy, Levaquin may be contraindicated, talk to your doctor about it
Levaquin is usually well tolerated but the intensity and frequency of the side effects depend on the individual characteristics of the body.
In rare cases, the use of Levaquin may be accompanied by muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, dark urine, itching of the genitals.
If you experience one of these side effects, contact your doctor.
A doctor may change the dose or give your recommendations about the reduction of the side effects. If a severe allergic reaction appeared due to the use of Levaquin, the treatment should be stopped right away.