Levaquin is an antimicrobial product widely used in the treatment of the infectious diseases. It contains Levofloxacin that is a representative of fluoroquinolones.
Unlike most antibiotics, Levaquin does not have natural or semi-synthetic analogues. This medicine has been created in the pharmaceutical laboratory specially to treat infections. Therefore bacteria cannot produce antibody to Levofloxacin, and this antibiotic has one of the highest results in the treatment of the infectious diseases.
Levaquin provides a bactericidal effect as to many microorganisms. It may be used during any infectious diseases: bronchitis, pneumonia, pharyngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, pyelonephritis, cystitis, boils, abscesses, tuberculosis, infection of the abdominal cavity, and others.
According to the medical studies, the use of Levaquin helps to treat chronic prostatitis in 77% of cases. Therefore, this antibiotic is a drug alternative during this infectious disease.
In what dose is Levaquin used?
Levaquin is produced in tablets for the oral application. Every tablet may contain 250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg of the active ingredient Levofloxacin. A dose is prescribed for every medical case.
- To treat infections of ear, throat, nose, respiratory tracts, Levaquin is used in the dose of 500 mg once per day within 10 days
- To treat pneumonia, Levaquin 500 mg is used 2 times per day within 10 days
- If infections of the urinary tracts, it is recommended to take low doses of Levaquin 250 mg once per day within 1-2 weeks
- Chronic prostatitis is treated within 4 weeks every day taking 2 tablets of Levaquin 500 mg with the interval of 8-10 hours
- Infections of the skin and soft tissues may be treated within 7-10 days taking a tablet of Levaquin 500 mg once per day
Levaquin should be used one hour before, or between meals. The tablets are easily swallowed and dissolved in the gastro-intestinal tract, and therefore little water may be used.
- Fluoroquinolones goes through placenta and also penetrate into the breast milk, and therefore they are not prescribed pregnant and breast-feeding women
- The active ingredients of Levaquin are excreted from the body by kidneys intactly, and create high concentrations in the urine. Patients with dysfunctions of kidneys should have an individual dose. On the average, the dose is reduced by 2 times but a length of the treatment may be increased
- Levaquin is not prescribed patients under 18 years old, and people who have had an allergy or severe side effects in reaction to fluoroquinolones
As many fluoroquinolones, Levaquin does not differ by high level of the pharmacological safety. In low doses, this antimicrobial product is well tolerated, and does not cause side effects.
But in high doses, Levaquin may cause negative but not dangerous side effects: heartburning, stomachache, diarrhea, skin rash, insomnia, headache, dizziness, and chorda affections. If the side effects cause severe discomfort, a daily dose of Levaquin may be decreased under doctor’s supervision.