Levofloxacin drops

Pronunciation

Generic Name: levofloxacin (LEE-voe-FLOX-a-sin)
Brand Name: Iquix

Levofloxacin drops is used for:

Treating corneal ulcers caused by bacteria sensitive to levofloxacin drops. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Levofloxacin drops is a fluoroquinolone eye drop. It works by blocking bacteria from reproducing in the eye.

Do NOT use levofloxacin drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in levofloxacin drops or to any other fluoroquinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using levofloxacin drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with levofloxacin drops. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with levofloxacin drops. Because little, if any, of levofloxacin drops is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if levofloxacin drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use levofloxacin drops:

Use levofloxacin drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Levofloxacin drops is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • To use levofloxacin drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using levofloxacin drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them.
  • Levofloxacin drops works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use levofloxacin drops for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Do not miss any doses of levofloxacin drops. If you miss a dose of levofloxacin drops, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use levofloxacin drops.

Important safety information:

  • Levofloxacin drops may cause blurred vision. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use levofloxacin drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Be sure to use levofloxacin drops for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of levofloxacin drops may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • If you notice vision changes, vaginal irritation or itching, or white patches in your mouth, contact your doctor at once.
  • Diabetes patients - Levofloxacin drops may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Levofloxacin drops should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using levofloxacin drops while you are pregnant. Levofloxacin drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you take levofloxacin drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of levofloxacin drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; headache; strange taste.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); double vision or other vision changes; eye itching or pain; eye or eyelid swelling.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of levofloxacin drops:

Store levofloxacin drops at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep levofloxacin drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about levofloxacin drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Levofloxacin drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take levofloxacin drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about levofloxacin drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to levofloxacin drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using levofloxacin drops.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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