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Levofloxacin Oral solution

It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections

Generic Name: levofloxacin

Brand Names: Levaquin Leva-Pak, Levaquin

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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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-bone problems
-cerebral disease
-history of low levels of potassium in the blood
-irregular heartbeat
-joint problems
-kidney disease
-myasthenia gravis
-seizure disorder
-tendon problems
-an unusual or allergic reaction to levofloxacin, other quinolone antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

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 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.

What may interact with this medicine?

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

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arsenic trioxide


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chloroquine


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droperidol


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


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


This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

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amoxapine


-antacids
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cisapride


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dairy products


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didanosine (ddI) buffered tablets or powder


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haloperidol


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multivitamins


-NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
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retinoid products like tretinoin or isotretinoin


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risperidone


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some other antibiotics like clarithromycin or erythromycin


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sucralfate


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theophylline


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warfarin


Last Updated: August 15, 2013
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