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    Levofloxacin

    Information about Levofloxacin

    Levofloxacin uses

    Levofloxacin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and tuberculosis.
    It is also used in infections of urinary tract, tonsils, sinus, nose, throat, female genital organ, skin and soft tissues, windpipe and lungs (pneumonia).

    How levofloxacin works

    Levofloxacin is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by inhibiting the DNA replication.

    Common side effects of levofloxacin

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

    Available Medicine for Levofloxacin

    • ₹42 to ₹156
      Cipla Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹23 to ₹130
      Lupin Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹68 to ₹109
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹22 to ₹117
      Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹43 to ₹74
      Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹42 to ₹164
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      6 variant(s)
    • ₹33 to ₹107
      Micro Labs Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹21 to ₹82
      Zydus Cadila
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹43 to ₹141
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹33
      Mankind Pharma Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Levofloxacin

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Levofloxacin immediately and consult your doctor. You should not take medicines to stop or slow diarrhoea.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with epilepsy, kidney or heart diseases.

    Frequently asked questions for Levofloxacin

    Levofloxacin

    Q. What is Levofloxacin?
    Levofloxacin is a quinolone antibiotic. It works by killing the bacteria that cause infections in your body. It can be used to treat infections of the sinuses, lungs, urinary tract, including your kidneys or bladder, prostate gland and skin and soft tissue.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin with prednisone?
    Levofloxacin and prednisone when taken together may increase the risk of tendon rupture (a tendon is a cord that joins your muscle to your bones). If you experience pain and inflammation in your tendons or ligaments, which could lead to rupture, stop taking Levofloxacin immediately and talk to your doctor. Always consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Is Levofloxacin a narcotic substance?
    No, Levofloxacin is not a narcotic substance. It is a quinolone antibiotic.
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    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin with loratadine?
    Levofloxacin can be taken with loratadine. No drug-drug interactions have been seen between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin with esomeprazole?
    Levofloxacin can be taken with esomeprazole. No drug-drug interactions have been seen between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Does Levofloxacin affect birth control?
    Levofloxacin can be taken with birth control pills (oral contraceptive pills). No drug-drug interactions have been reported between them. However, interactions can occur. Talk to a doctor to confirm whether you need to use extra precaution while taking Levofloxacin with birth control pills.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin for a tooth infection?
    Levofloxacin is not used to treat tooth infection. If you think you have a tooth infection, talk to a doctor and start antibiotics only as advised, do not start antibiotics on your own.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin for streptococcal throat infection?
    Levofloxacin is active against streptococcus bacteria and can be used for the treatment of a streptococcal sore throat. If you think you have a sore throat infection, talk to a doctor and start antibiotics only as advised, do not start antibiotics on your own.
    Q. Is Levofloxacin same as ciprofloxacin?
    Levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin are two different antibiotics, however, they belong to the same class of quinolone antibiotics. Levofloxacin is as effective as ciprofloxacin for treating complicated urinary tract infections. In men with chronic bacterial prostatitis treated for 28 days, oral Levofloxacin 500mg once daily achieved similar clinical and bacteriological response rates to oral ciprofloxacin 500mg twice daily. Levofloxacin is more active against Gram-positive organisms than ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin is an economical alternative and Levofloxacin is active against many bacteria but can cause damage to your tendons. So, it is advisable that you must talk to a doctor for the right choice of antibiotics for your infections.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin for tonsillitis?
    Levofloxacin is not indicated for the treatment of tonsillitis. If you think you have tonsillitis, talk to a doctor and start antibiotics only as advised, do not start antibiotics on your own.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin with guaifenesin?
    Levofloxacin can be taken with guaifenesin. No drug-drug interactions have been seen between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Levofloxacin with paracetamol?
    Levofloxacin can be taken with paracetamol. No drug-drug interactions have been seen between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Does Levofloxacin contain sulfa?
    Levofloxacin does not contain sulfa. It belongs to a group of medicines called quinolone antibiotics.
    Q. Does Levofloxacin cover methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?
    Levofloxacin does not cover methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Also, MRSA is very likely to have co-resistance to quinolones, including Levofloxacin.
    Q. Does Levofloxacin expire?
    Yes, like any other medicine, Levofloxacin has an expiry date. Please check the expiry date mentioned on the pack before taking the medicine.
    Q. Does Levofloxacin treat bacterial vaginosis?
    Levofloxacin is not used to treat bacterial vaginosis. If you think you have bacterial vaginosis, talk to a doctor and start antibiotics only as advised, do not start antibiotics on your own.
    Q. Does Levofloxacin cause dry mouth?
    Levofloxacin does not cause dry mouth. Talk to your doctor if you experience dry mouth while taking Levofloxacin as it could be due to some other underlying condition.
    Q. Is Levofloxacin safe to use?
    Levofloxacin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the doctor.<br>
    Q. Is Levofloxacin penicillin?
    Levofloxacin is not a penicillin. It belongs to a group of medicines called quinolone antibiotics.
    Q. Is Levofloxacin a steroid?
    Levofloxacin is not a steroid. It belongs to a group of medicines called quinolone antibiotics.
    Q. Is Levofloxacin a quinolone?
    Yes, Levofloxacin belongs to a group of medicines called quinolone antibiotics.

    Content on this page was last updated on 13 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)