This medicine contains the active ingredient levofloxacin which belongs to a group of medicines called fluoroquinolones. These antibiotics are used to stop several bacterial infections by destroying bacteria and preventing their growth. This medicine is prescribed for the treatment of the infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, kidneys, bladder, sinuses, prostate gland, skin and muscles.
Is Levofloxacin suitable for me?
Levofloxacin is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to levofloxacin or to other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have ever had epilepsy
- if you have ever had treated with antibiotics for tendonitis
- if you are a child or a growing teenager
- if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding
- have kidney problems
- have epilepsy or other neurological conditions
- have tendon problems
- have diabetes
- have myasthenia gravis
- have heart problems
- have had brain damage or injury
- have liver problems
- have ‘glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency’
Levofloxacin interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Levofloxacin?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take levofloxacin exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The usual dose will depend on the infection you have.
- For the most infections, you will be prescribed two 250 mg tablets, or one 500 mg tablet taken once or twice a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Levofloxacin side effects?
Like all medicines levofloxacin can cause side effects, including:
- sleeping problems
- headache, dizziness
- nausea, vomiting
- increase in the level of some liver enzymes in your blood
- itching and rash
- loss of appetite, stomach upset
- pain in the abdominal region
- increase or decrease in the number of white blood cells
- general weakness
- infection by fungi named Candida
- anxiety, confusion, nervousness,
- sleepiness, trembling, vertigo
- shortness of breath
- joint pain or muscle pain
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.