Generic Levaquin 250 mg
Levaquin 250 mg is a synthetic antibacterial preparation that has a wide spectrum of action; it belongs to the group of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. This medication is usually administered to fight various infections caused by the susceptible organisms: acute sinusitis, exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, complicated infections of urinary tract, prostatitis, infections of the skin and soft tissues, community acquired pneumonia, etc.
Generic Levaquin 500 mg
Levaquin is a synthetically-derived broad-spectrum antibiotic applied in antimicrobial therapy of sinuses, lungs, bronchi, skin, kidney, prostate and urinary infections. It is also prescribed to treat plague and prevent anthrax in both adults and children. 500mg pills are administered once daily with the treatment period from 7-10 days for chronic bronchitis, acute sinusitis, pneumonia, plague and SSSI to 28 days for prostatitis. Anthrax is usually treated with 500mg q24h for 2 months.
Generic Levaquin 750 mg
Levaquin, belonging to the class of fluoroquinolones, is used in a broad spectrum antimicrobial therapy of respiratory, abdominal, urinary and gastrointestinal tract infections. 750 mg is administered once daily for acute bacterial sinusitis, nosocomial pneumonia, community acquired pneumonia, complicated skin-structure and urinary infections (acute pyelonephritis). Treatment period may range from 7 to 14 days, relying on the severity of infection.
What is Levaquin?
Levaquin is a synthetic antibiotic with a broad spectrum of activity, which belongs to the fluoroquinolone class. Its main ingredient is levofloxacin active against a number of pathogens causative of gastrointestinal, abdominal and urinary infections, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Legionella pneumophila, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus and strep infections. The inactive ingredients of the drug are: crospovidone, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol and red iron oxide. The drug is produced by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical and is available in several pharmaceutical forms.
When is Levaquin indicated?
Levaquin is indicated for treatment of urinary infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, tuberculosis, cellulitis, prostatitis, meningitis, anthrax, traveler’s diarrhea, plague, endocarditis and often is the first-line treatment for pneumonia. It interferes with bacterial enzymes making them unable to copy and repair DNA, i.e. making bacteria unable to multiply.
How to take Levaquin?
Levaquin tablets are taken once a day regardless to meals. The dosage depends on the type and severity of infection and may range from 250 mg to 750 mg q24h for 3-14 days. In case of anthrax 500 mg q24h is taken for 60 days. If you are concomitantly receiving antacids or mineral supplements with zinc, iron, magnesium or calcium, the time interval between the antibiotic and supplements intake should be not less than 2 hours in order not to prevent the absorption of levofloxacin into the blood.
What are Levaquin side effects?
Levaquin side effects are usually mild to moderate and may include nausea, headache, dizziness, constipation and insomnia. In less than 1% of patients it may develop yeast infection, heartburn, chest pain, labored breathing and water retention. Uncommon but serious side effects which must be immediately reported to the doctor are photosensitivity, anaphylaxis, blood glucose disturbance, hallucinations, arrhythmia, and hypersensitivity reactions.
When is Levaquin contraindicated?
Levaquin is contraindicated to patients hypersensitive to levofloxacin or other quinolone drugs. It should be avoided by people with epilepsy and people with a history of quinolone-associated tendon rupture. The drug is administered with caution to people with liver disorders.
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