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It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections especially infections caused by levofloxacin sensitive pathogens.

GI upset, raised liver enzymes, insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), headache, dizziness, anorexia (loss of appetite), dysgeusia (bad taste), dyspnoea (difficulty in breathing), arthralgia (joint pain), myalgia (muscle pain), tinnitus (ringing in ear), asthenia (weakness), pyrexia (fever), reports of visual disturbances, hepatic (liver) injury, severe skin disorders are some of its side effects. If tendon disorders or peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord) is seen discontinue the drug.

The medicine is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to levofloxacin or ofloxacin, have tendon disorders, epilepsy (a disorder of abnormal brain activity characterized by seizures), myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness) and methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus infection.

This medicine should not be taken with food.
  • Take a tablet/ capsule with or without meals.
  • Take 3 hours before or 2 hours after taking antacids or products containing calcium, iron, magnesium or zinc.
  • Inform prescriber and discontinue medication if there are signs of inflammation, pain in tendons, rash, itching, difficulty in breathing or swallowing, facial edema (swelling on face), palpitations (fast beating of heart), tingling or chest pain.
  • Complete full course of therapy even if you feel better.
  • Take sufficient amounts of fluids (2-3 litres per day) to maintain hydration, unless restricted by the prescriber.
  • If you have diabetes check blood glucose regularly.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, wear sunscreen, proper eyewear and protective clothing to prevent photosensitivity.
Bacterial infections
Levofloxacin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.
This medicine is mostly taken orally. The dosage is dependent on the age, condition and its severity. Please consult your doctor before using this medicine.
Please store this medicine at room temperature (18-25 Celsius). Keep medicine away from excessive light, moisture, and children. Please do not flush medicines down the toilet. Please read the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.
It can be taken with or without food.
Avoid dairy products such as milk and yogurt for at least 2 hours before and after taking the medicine.
It may cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally.
Common medications that cannot be taken with levofloxacin are antacids, glucose lowering agents, corticosteroids, NSAIDs, warfarin, iron, zinc and calcium supplements etc.
Research suggests that this medicine should be avoided by pregnant women.
Research suggests that this medicine should be avoided by women who are breastfeeding.
Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.
Patients with renal (kidney) impairment, G6PD deficiency (genetic disorder), porphyria (group of liver disorder) and diabetes are sensitive to the drug. There’s a risk of tendinitis (inflammation of tendons), hepatic necrosis (severe liver damage) and pseudomembranous colitis (inflammation of the large intestine due to overgrowth of clostridium difficile bacteria); if patients have persistent diarrhea discontinue the drug. Avoid strong UV light.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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