levofloxacin (generic name)

It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections
(lee voe FLOX a sin)
Table of Contents
powered by healthline

Average Ratings

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

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:

arsenic trioxide



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

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

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:



dairy products

didanosine (ddI) buffered tablets or powder



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


some other antibiotics like clarithromycin or erythromycin




Page: 1 2 Next >
Last Updated: August 15, 2013
Licensed from
Top of page
General Drug Tools
General Drug Tools view all tools
Tools for
Healthy Living
Tools for Healthy Living view all tools
Search Tools
Search Tools view all tools
Insurance Plan Tools
Insurance Plan Tools view all tools