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19 May 2014, Los Angeles, (http://onlinegenericpills.com/) : What is Levaquin?
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is in a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones . Levofloxacin fights bacteria in the body.
This drug is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate. It is also used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax or plague.
Before taking Levaquin :
You should not use this tablet if you are allergic to levofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin, and others).
You may not be able to use it if you have a muscle disorder. Tell your doctor if you have a history of myasthenia gravis.
To make sure this drug is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
• a heart rhythm disorder, especially if you take medication to treat it;
• a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;
• tendon problems, arthritis or other joint problems (especially in children);
• a muscle or nerve disorder;
• bone problems;
• liver or kidney disease;
• seizures or epilepsy;
• a history of head injury or brain tumor;
• a history of allergic reaction to an antibiotic;
• diabetes (especially if you use insulin or take oral diabetes medication);
• low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or
• if you use a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin) and have "INR" or prothrombin time tests.
What should I avoid while taking Levaquin?
You may be taking certain other medicines that should not be taken at the same time as Levaquin. Avoid taking the following medicines within 2 hours before or after you take this product. These other medicines can make Levaquin much less effective when taken at the same time :
• antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum (such as Maalox, Mylanta, or Rolaids), or the ulcer medicine sucralfate (Carafate);
• didanosine (Videx) powder or chewable tablets; or
• vitamin or mineral supplements that contain aluminum, iron, magnesium, or zinc.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Levaquin can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Call your doctor if you have severe burning, redness, itching, rash, or swelling after being in the sun.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking Levaquin and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
What other drugs will affect Levaquin?
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Levaquin, especially :
• a diuretic or "water pill";
• heart rhythm medication--amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, and others;
• medicine to treat depression or mental illness--amitriptylline, clomipramine, desipramine, iloperidone, imipramine, nortriptyline, and others; or
• NSAIDs (nonsteroidal-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.
Side effects :
Stop using it and call your doctor at once if you have :
• headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
• nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
• muscle weakness or trouble breathing;
• diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
• sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores, easy bruising or bleeding;
• depression, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, tremors, feeling restless or anxious, unusual thoughts or behavior, insomnia, nightmares;
• seizure (convulsions); or
• increased pressure inside the skull-- severe headaches, ringing in your ears, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, pain behind your eyes.
Store at room temperature. Protect from heat, light and moisture. Keep away from reach of children.
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