Antibiotics of the new generation are safer and more effectively cope with infections of the different severity and work for most people. Levaquin is a good representative.
Levaquin is an antimicrobial medicine of the new generation which belongs to the group of fluoroquinolones of the 3rd generation. It contains an active ingredient Levofloxacin. An antibacterial activity of this drug is by 2 times longer and stronger than fluoroquinolones of the previous generation.
Levaquindiffersbyagoodtolerance. It does not inhibit an action of the useful microflora, does not have contraindications and does not cause side effects during the use of the therapeutic doses.
Levaquin is an antibiotic of the broad action with bactericidal mechanism of the destruction of the pathogenic microflora. Food hardly influences on the bioavailability of Levofloxacin, and therefore it is easily absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract, and the maximal concentration is achieved in 1-2 hours in the blood.
Levofloxacin penetrates well into most tissues and liquids of the body, and therefore it provides a bactericidal action regardless of the site of the infection.
Indications for the use
- Treatment of infections of the respiratory system: bronchitis, pneumonia, early case of tuberculosis
- Treatment of kidney and urinary tract infections: pyelonephritis, urethritis, cystitis and other inflammatory processes
- Treatment of infections of the ear, nose and throat: otitis media, sinusitis, pharyngitis, and so on.
- Treatment of skin infections: infectious abscess, boils, acne and so on.
In what dose is Levaquin used?
Levaquin pills are taken orally and with a full glass of water (200 ml). Due to the specific action of this antibiotic, the pills are taken for a long time, not more than 7 days. To treat HENT infections it is necessary to take a pill of Levaquin 500 mg within 7-14 days.
To treat infections of the respiratory system, it is recommended to take Levaquin 500 mg 1-2 times per day, depending on the disease severity. The treatment lasts for 5 to 14 days.
If infections of the urinary tract and kidneys, the daily dose of Levaquin is 250 mg. The treatment is continued for 7 to 28 days depending on the disease symptoms. If kidney diseases, the daily dose of Levaquin is reduced by 25-50% depending on the clearance of creatinine.
The gastro0intestinal tract suffers during the overdose with Levaquin. A patient may have the following symptomsvomiting, heartburn, ulcers and erosions of the gastrointestinal tract, dizziness, and convulsions.
The treatment of the overdose is symptomatic and under a medical specialist’s supervision
- Levaquin enhances the action of bactericidal antibiotics and reduces the efficiency of the bacteriostatic antibiotics
- The simultaneous use of Levaquin with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and Theophylline enhances a risk of spasms
- Do not take Levaquin with glucocorticosteroid drugs
- The use of Levaquin is contraindicated during the intolerance of the antibiotics from the group of fluoroquinolones, during epilepsy and pregnancy
- Children under 18 years old are not prescribed Levaquin and drugs from the group of fluoroquinolones of the 3d generation
- If a patient has recently had a stroke or brain trauma, using Levaquin can cause spasms.