levofloxacin - injection, Levaquin (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Levofloxacin belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Levofloxacin injection is used when you cannot take the medication by mouth.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for virus infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using levofloxacin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.If you are using this medication at home, or if you are a health care professional responsible for giving this medication, follow all the manufacturer's instructions for properly mixing and giving this drug. If you have any questions about using this medication properly, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Check this medication visually for particles or discoloration before use. If either are present, do not use the liquid.Inject this medication into a vein, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not inject into the skin or muscle. Give this medication over at least 60 minutes. Your blood pressure may drop if the medication is given too fast. Tell your health care professional immediately if you feel dizzy.The dosage and length of treatment depends on your condition and response to treatment. When used in children for limited types of infection, the dosage is also based on weight. As soon as you are able to take medications by mouth, your doctor will switch you to an antibiotic that is taken by mouth.Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication unless your doctor directs you otherwise. If you are unable to take fluids by mouth, you will be given fluids through a vein.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, use this medication at the same time every day.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
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