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Levofloxacin Oral solution

What is this medicine?

LEVOFLOXACIN(lee voe FLOX a sin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth 1 hour before, or 2 hours after eating. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon to measure the dose. Household spoons are not accurate. Take the medicine at the same times each day. Finish all of the medicine even if you think you are better.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • changes in vision

  • confusion, nightmares or hallucinations

  • difficulty breathing

  • irregular heartbeat, chest pain

  • joint, muscle or tendon pain

  • pain or difficulty passing urine

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • unusual pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness

  • vaginal irritation, discharge

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • dry mouth

  • headache

  • stomach upset, nausea

  • trouble sleeping

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • arsenic trioxide

  • chloroquine

  • droperidol

  • medicines for irregular heart rhythm like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, quinidine, procainamide, sotalol

  • some medicines for depression or mental problems like phenothiazines, pimozide, and ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amoxapine

  • cisapride

  • dairy products

  • didanosine (ddI) buffered tablets or powder

  • haloperidol

  • multivitamins

  • retinoid products like tretinoin or isotretinoin

  • risperidone

  • some other antibiotics like clarithromycin or erythromycin

  • sucralfate

  • theophylline

  • warfarin

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature of 15 to 30 degrees C (59 to 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.