Levanix 500 mg oral [ Levofloxacin] tablets: Uses, Quick Facts, FAQ, Side Effects, Warnings

Levofloxacin (Levo-Floxa-Cin), the active ingredient in Levanix tablets. It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections.

Levofloxacin( Levanix) is used to treat infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, airways, bones, and joints caused by susceptible bacteria. Levofloxacin( Levanix) is frequently used to treat urinary infections, including those resistant to other antibiotics, as well as prostatitis (infection of the prostate).

There are different strengths available for this medicinal product and depending on your disease your doctor will prescribe the tablet strength that is appropriate for you. The usual dose ranges from 250 to 750 mg given once daily for 3-14 days depending on the type of infection.

Levofloxacin( Levanix) is effective against a large number of bacteria, some of which tend to be resistant to other commonly used antibiotics. It’s particularly useful against a sub-group of bacteria called Gram-negative bacteria, including salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, neisseria, and pseudomonas.

INDICATIONS: why is it prescribed?

Levofloxacin oral tablet( Levanix) is used to treat bacterial infections in adults. These infections include:

  • Pneumonia ( swelling (inflammation) of the tissue in one or both lungs. It’s usually caused by a bacterial infection).
  • sinus infection( an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection).
  • worsening of chronic bronchitis( long-term inflammation of the bronchi. It is common among smokers. People with chronic bronchitis tend to get lung infections more easily).
  • skin infections( a condition where bacteria or other germs enter the skin through a wound and spread, causing pain, swelling, and discoloration).
  • chronic prostate infection( also known as Chronic prostatitis, it is an inflammation of the prostate gland. The prostate is a small gland located below a man’s bladder. Prostatitis may be caused by a bacterial infection, but in many cases the cause of the condition is unknown.)
  • urinary tract infections( an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men).
  • pyelonephritis (kidney infection): ( a type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that generally begins in your urethra or bladder and travels to one or both of your kidneys).
  • inhalational anthrax( a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis).
  • plague( disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague).

Levofloxacin may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

Quick Facts

  • Levofloxacin( Levanix) treats a wide range of bacterial infections; however, it can cause some very severe and potentially irreversible side effects such as tendonitis or tendon rupture and should only be used to treat infections that have not responded to alternative treatment options.
  • Oral levofloxacin tablets( Levanix)  can be administered without regard to food. 
  • Take levofloxacin( Levanix)  at least two hours before or two hours after antacids or preparations containing iron or zinc.
  • Should be taken exactly as directed and for the time period indicated to reduce the risk of resistant bacteria developing, unless side effects force early discontinuation.
  • Ensure you keep hydrated while taking levofloxacin(Levanix) to prevent crystal formation in your urine.
  • Discontinue levofloxacin(Levanix) immediately if you experience tendon pain, swelling, inflammation or rupture and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Discontinue levofloxacin( Levanix) immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you experience pain, tingling, or numbness in your fingers and toes; severe diarrhea; or any central nervous system effects (such as paranoia, depression, hallucinations), a severe rash, jaundice (skin yellowing), a change in your heartbeat, or any sign of an allergic reaction.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery if levofloxacin(Levanix)  makes you feel dizzy or tired. Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid excessive sun or UV light exposure, and wear sunblock when outdoors. Report any apparent sunburn to your doctor immediately.

Levofloxacin- FAQ

For how long should I take Levanix? 500 mg taken every 24 hours for 10–14 days or 750 mg taken every 24 hours for 5 days. Your dose will depend on bacteria causing the infection.

Does Levanix make you sleepy? Levofloxacin(Levanix) may cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you. If these reactions are especially bothersome, check with your doctor.

When does the Levanix’s effect appear? Levanix is a reasonably strong antibiotic, levofloxacin( Levanix) will begin working within a matter of hours, but it can be two to three days before symptoms begin to improve. Take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by a healthcare provider, even if you feel better after a few days.

What is the best time of day to take Levanix? Levofloxacin tablets ( Levanix) may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach. This medicine is best taken with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

Who should not take Levanix? Levofloxacin(Levanix) Should only be used by adults (at least 18 years old). Levanix is not suitable for people with myasthenia gravis, certain heart rhythm disturbances, or pediatric patients (unless being given to prevent inhalation anthrax or plague). Dosage may need to be reduced in people with poor kidney function.

What is the difference between Levofloxacin and Ciprofloxacin, are they the same? Levanix (levofloxacin) and Ciprobay (ciprofloxacin) are fluoroquinolone antibiotics used to treat several types of bacterial infections.Both levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin were well tolerated, with similar rates of adverse events. Levofloxacin 500 mg once daily is as effective as Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice daily for the treatment of bacterial infections.

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What is the difference between Amoxicillin and Levofloxacin? Augmentin( Amoxicillin) and Levanix (levofloxacin) are both antibiotics used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Levanix belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, while Levanix is a penicillin type of antibiotic. Some bacterial infections respond to treatment with Levofloxacin, while others respond to treatment with Amoxicillin, let your doctor decide the proper Antibiotic for your infection, just take the antibiotic prescribed by your health provider.

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Side Effects

The most common side effects of Levanix include:

  • nausea,
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • headache,
  • dizziness, and
  • trouble sleeping

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Serious FDA warnings

This drug has boxed warnings from the FDA about possible dangerous effects:

  • Tendon rupture or inflammation: This drug is linked with an increased risk of tendon rupture and tendonitis (swelling of your tendons). This can happen at any age. The risk is higher if you’re over 60 years of age or are taking corticosteroid drugs. It’s also higher if you’ve had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.
  • Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage): This drug may cause peripheral neuropathy. This condition causes damage to the nerves in your arms, hands, legs, or feet, which lead to changes in sensation. This damage may be permanent. Stop taking this drug and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms include pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and weakness.
  • Central nervous system effects: This drug raises your risk of central nervous system (CNS) effects. These can include convulsions, psychosis, and increased pressure inside your head. This drug can also cause tremors, agitation, anxiety, confusion, delirium, and hallucinations. In addition, it can cause paranoia, depression, nightmares, and trouble sleeping. Rarely, it can cause suicidal thoughts or acts. Be sure to tell your doctor if you’re at increased risk of seizures.
  • Worsening of myasthenia gravis: This drug may make your muscle weakness worse if you have myasthenia gravis. You shouldn’t take this drug if you have a history of this condition.
  • Restricted use: This drug can cause serious side effects. As a result, it should only be used to treat certain conditions if no other treatment options exist. These conditions are uncomplicated urinary tract infection, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, and acute bacterial sinusitis.

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