What is Levaquin?
Levaquin also was known as levofloxacin is an antibiotic fluoroquinolone that prevents the body against bacterial infections. This medication treats bacterial inflammations that affect the skin, the kidneys, the sinuses, the bladder as well as prostate. This drug treats bacterial inflammations that are as a result of pneumonia or bronchitis, as well as treating people that have contracted anthrax due to exposure to the diseases. Severe reactions and even disabling infections can be caused by Fluoroquinolone antibiotics which might not be reverted easily. For this reason, Levaquin ought to be applied for only those bacterial inflammations that can’t be treated using antibiotics that are safe.
Who Makes Levaquin?
Levaquin was approved by the FDA as an antibiotic drug in 1996. Levofloxacin was seen as an antibiotic that can treat bacterial inflammations in the body. This is due to the fact that many common inflammations in the human body are caused as a result of bacterial infections. The bacterial growth and multiplication are so rapid in that it can spread and affect most body parts in a short while. Thus Levaquin being an antibiotic prevents multiplication of the bacteria by blocking their reproduction as well as their repair in forms of their fabricated substances, DNA. Levofloxacin falls under the antibiotic class of drugs known as Fluoroquinolone, for instance, the classes of antibiotics include; Lomefloxacin, trovafloxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin
Benefits of Levaquin
Levaquin as an antibiotic treats inflammations of the esophagus, the sinuses, ear infections, lung infections, bone infections, as well as joint infections that are caused as a result of susceptible bacteria inflammations in the body
Levaquin mostly treats patients that have contracted infections in the urinary tract system, for instance, those patients that have been resistant to some other types of antibiotics like prostatitis
This medication is effective in the treatment of patients having infectious diarrhea that is caused as a result of E. coli bacteria
Other infections that are so obstetric can also be treated by Levofloxacin for instance breast infections.
Levofloxacin treats anthrax infections caused by inhalation exposures and also this drug stops and treats plaque that is as a result of Yersinia Pestis
Side Effects of Levofloxacin
- Levofloxacin medication can cause a lot of risk to the patient using it. Too much exposure to this drug can be detrimental to the health of the patient. Some of the most severe reactions and warnings for Levofloxacin include;
- Increases tendinitis, leading to the rupturing of the tendons especially Achilles tendons. This is a reaction that has been associated with Levofloxacin and other forms of antibiotics falling in the same class of drugs.
- In patients that are suffering from myasthenia gravis, fluoroquinolone has a neuromuscular preventing activity that weakens the muscles
- Most reported reactions of the drug include; drowsiness and spewing of the user, frequent diarrhea, persistent headache, and pains, as well as stomach constipation and bloating
- Less reactive effects of the drug include; sleeping difficulties in most patients, dizziness and a feeling of awkwardness, abdominal aches, sometimes skin rashes increased abdominal gas in the stomach and body itching which can lead to blistering
- Other prevalent reactions include; peripheral neuropathy, abnormal and irregular heartbeats, liver problems, increased sensitivity to the sun, Clostridium difficile which is mostly associated with diarrhea, hypoglycemia, infections of the central nervous system and hyperglycemia.
Levaquin treatment to patients suffering from central nervous diseases ought to be treated with a lot of caution since this medication can cause seizures.
Children and adolescents under 18 years are not be administered with this drug since their dosages haven’t been established yet
Most antibiotics inclusive of levofloxacin changes bacterial normal functioning in the large intestines, leading to overgrowth of the bacterium that is culpable of infections in the large intestines, in case those patients that contract pseudomembranous colitis diseases after taking Levaquin for instance diarrhea, abdominal aches, chills, and fever as well as shock ought to seek medical attention immediately
Levaquin increases the skin to be sensitive to sunlight; therefore such patients ought to avoid too much exposure to sunlight
This medication lowers blood glucose in the body when used in combination with other medications like sulfonylureas
Levaquin shouldn’t be used to treat patients who have contracted urinary infections, acute bacterial inflammations of recurring bronchitis
Before using Levaquin, let your doctor if you have been using other drugs before, this drug reacts with other drugs like; most antacids, for instance, multivitamins, and other supplements that have magnesium, iron, zinc, and aluminum in them, sucralfate drugs, didanosine drugs, antidiuretic drugs. Drug interactions alter the normal working of the drug, this might alleviate and expand the dangers of the drug further, the patient shouldn’t use expired medications, should follow the doctors prescriptions, though antibiotics don’t normally impact on the birth control drugs like tablets, ring, and or patch, certain antibiotics can affect the effectiveness of Levaquin, for instance, rifampin and rifabutin drugs. Don’t use drugs that contain ofloxacin and if taken mistakenly conduct your doctor as soon as possible. Levaquin drugs hamper some laboratory tests for instance screening of urine to ascertain opiate contents in it. This leads to wrong results.
The normal dosage for this medication is between 250mg to 750mg taken once per day for a duration between3 and 14 days this depends on the kind of infections the patient has contracted
In case the patient has contracted anthrax, the dosage for treatment is 500mg per day for the duration of 60 days non stop
It is much critical to apply formulations orally for at least two hours before or after any form of antacid as well as any form of mineral supplement having iron, magnesium, zinc or calcium because they bind Levaquin preventing it from being absorbed in the body.
Do not overdose Levaquin as this results in severe dizziness and can affect your breathing, it can lead to a persistent headache, and in case you overdose yourself, call your doctor as soon as possible. Store Levaquin as directed by your doctor, and keep Levaquin out of reach of pets and children, dispose it of safely
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.