Levaquin is used to treat infections of the lower respiratory tract, urinary tract, kidneys, skin, soft tissues, chronic bronchitis, acute sinusitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis and tuberculosis. The drug is a fluoroquinolone, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial bactericide. It blocks DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV, disrupts supercoiling and cross-linking of DNA gaps, suppresses DNA synthesis, causes profound morphological changes in the cytoplasm, cell wall and bacterial membranes.
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Levaquin Product Description
Levaquin is an antibacterial drug of the fluoroquinolone group that provides high antibacterial action against most strains of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms. Levaquin antibacterial drug is prescribed to children aged above 6 months, adults and elderly in treatment of:
- skin and soft tissue infection (cellulitis, abscess, furuncles)
- urinary tract infection (pyelonephritis, chronic bacterial prostatitis)
- respiratory tract infection (sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, nosocomial pneumonia)
Levaquin is successfully used for post exposure prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax and therapy of plague (including septicemic and pneumonic plague).
The recommended adult dose of Levaquin to treat uncomplicated bacterial infections varies in the range of 250-500mg per day. In the treatment of complicated bacterial infections, the daily dose may require to be increased up to 750 mg of Levaquin a day. The pediatric dose of Levaquin is adjusted based on the child's age, body weight and severity of the infection.
If you’ve missed a dose of Levaquin, take a tablet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose of the antibacterial drug, do not take more than the prescribed dose of Levaquin.
During the treatment with Levaquin, the patients are recommended to comply with the prescribed dosage regimen, it will help reduce the resistance of microorganisms to Levaquin antibiotic and avoid any side effects. Since Levaquin may cause inflammatory processes in the joints or tendons (up to tendon rupture), the patients with tendinitis or tendon rupture are not recommended to use the antibiotic.
Levaquin antibacterial drug should be stored in an original package at temperature below 30°C, to protect from light and moisture.
Levaquin Safety Information
Levaquin may cause anaphylactic reactions in some patients using this antibiotic. Usually these reactions are observed during intake of the first dose of the antibiotic, for instance edema of the face, tongue and lips; allergic skin reactions. In case of hypersensitivity reactions, the patient should immediately cease the application of Levaquin. The patients with central nervous system disorders should use caution taking this antibiotic, since Levaquin application may increase the risk of seizures and may lower the seizure threshold in such patients.
Information about Levaquin and treatment of infectious diseases is published solely for informational purposes. The material provided in the review of Levaquin, shall not be considered to substitute for the professional advice of the primary health care worker. The online pharmacy will not be liable for any damages, direct or consequential related to the contents of the review of Levaquin antibacterial drug.
Levaquin Side Effects
Levaquin is not reported to cause adverse reactions very often, mainly they appear as mild to moderate. Most common adverse reactions in application of Levaquin include diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, insomnia, dizziness and headache. The frequency of these adverse reactions during the therapy with Levaquin is confirmed in less than 3%. In rare cases such adverse reactions, as vomiting and phlebitis can be observed as well. Cases of Levaquin therapy withdrawal are reported in less than 5% cases.