Levaquin is used to treat severe bacterial infections and sinus infection and pneumonia, flare-ups of chronic bronchitis, acute kidney infections, chronic prostate infections and infections of the skin.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Levaquin with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
Please drink a full glass of water with levaquin.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
The dosage should not increase more than once in a day (24 hours).
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store levaquin at room temperature (read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of levaquin may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice effects like Breathlessness, lack of movement, poor coordination, tremors, convulsions.
Doctors advise against using levaquin if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like abnormal heart rate.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Being an antibiotic levaquin cannot be used for treating viral infections common cold and flu. So, you must avoid contact with people who have viral infections.
Some patients using antibiotics have reported extreme stomach cramps which are followed by bloody or tarry stools. If you notice this, then contact your physician immediately.
Constant usage of levaquin has led to a re-infection which is more severe than the first. Hence, doctors will constantly monitor your condition closely while using levaquin.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include dizziness, fainting, fast heartbeat; sudden pain or swelling in joints; watery or bloody diarrhea; confusion, pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, weakness; urinating less than usual or not at all. Red skin rash; or the first sign of any skin rash.