In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02236841 ||LEVAQUIN 250MG TABLET|
|02236842 ||LEVAQUIN 500MG TABLET|
|02236839 ||LEVAQUIN 5MG/ML INJECTION|
|02246804 ||LEVAQUIN 750MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Levofloxacin belongs to the class of medications called quinolones. It is an antibiotic used for the treatment of certain bacterial infections. It is most commonly used to treat infections of the bladder, kidney, prostate, sinus, skin, and lung.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended adult dose of levofloxacin ranges from 250 mg to 750 mg daily. The exact dose depends on the condition being treated and other medical conditions present.
This medication may be taken with or without food. Levofloxacin should be taken at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum; sucralfate; or vitamin and mineral tablets containing calcium, iron, or zinc. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids each day while taking levofloxacin.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of sterile, non-pyrogenic, premixed, ready-to-use solution contains levofloxacin 5 mg in 5% Dextrose (D5W). pH: 3.8 to 5.8. Solutions of hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide may have been added to adjust the pH. Preservative-free.
Each modified rectangular, film-coated, terra cotta pink tablet, embossed "LEVAQUIN" on one side and "250" on the other, contains levofloxacin 250 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, synthetic red iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.
Each modified rectangular, film-coated, peach tablet, embossed "LEVAQUIN" on one side and "500" on the other, contains levofloxacin 500 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, synthetic red and yellow iron oxides, and titanium dioxide.
Each modified rectangular, film-coated, white tablet, embossed "LEVAQUIN" on one side and "750" on the other, contains levofloxacin 750 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to levofloxacin or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to other quinolone antibiotics
- are pregnant or nursing
- have a history of tendinitis or tendon rupture that happened while taking any of the quinolone antibiotics