What is levaquin?Chemical Name: LEVOFLOXACIN (lee-voe-FLOX-a-sin)
Levaquin (500mg tablet)
Levaquin is a third generation antimicrobial drug from the class of fluoroquinolones that work by killing bacteria. It has no effect on viral infections for example flu and the common cold.
Levaquin antibiotic is used to eradicate bacteria in following diseases:
- Acute bacterial sinusitis
- Acute bacterial exacerbations in chronic bronchitis
- Urinary tract infections
- Chronic bacterial prostatitis
- Skin infections
In contrast to other members of this class, Levaquin is mainly called respiratory fluoroquinolone due to its potent activity against streptococcus pneumonia – most common cause of chest infections.
The active ingredient is Levofloxacin 500 mg.
Levaquin antibiotic should be taken as per schedule prescribed by the doctor. Take the missed dose immediately as soon as you remember. In case it is time for the next dose, you can skip the missed dose. Levaquin can be taken with or without food. Drink plenty of water to avoid nephrotoxicity.
Do not give Levaquin to another person especially a child presenting with similar complains. In case of overdose, seek medical attention.
- Dizziness and lightheadedness are most prominent among CNS effects. It can affect your thinking and caution needs to be taken while driving or other activities that require concentration.
- Make sure to tell your doctor if you have epilepsy as Levofloxacin 500 mg can provoke seizures.
- Avoid excessive sunlight exposure, apply sunscreens and Levaquin should be discontinued on the first sign of photo-toxicity (rash, itching, swelling or severe burning on exposure to sunlight).
- Levaquin antibiotic should not be taken during pregnancy, during breastfeeding and in children under 18 years of age.
- Levaquin is mainly excreted by the kidney, so inform the doctor beforehand if you have kidney issues.
- Report if you have heart problems or are taking antiarrhythmic medicines.
- Immediately seek medical advice for symptoms mentioned above.
The side effects reported are:
Another side effect is Tendinitis especially of Achilles tendon. This will come as sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness and stiffness at and above the heel. There can be restriction or sounds of movement from the joints. This can occur during or after several months of stopping treatment and more likely to occur if you are on steroid medications or had an organ transplant.
- Numbness and tingling sensations in extremities being more sensitive to light and temperature
- Pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath and dizziness
- Levaquin is reported to cause difficulty in sleeping
- Abdominal pain and jaundice
Product Code: 1600
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.