Despite being one of the most medically recommended medicines for treating bacterial infection, Levofloxacin should be taken in the right doses so as to counter its side effects. Levofloxacin has certain side effects, which most occur in the form of nausea, itching, skin rash on hands or feet, and vomiting. However, if it is taken in improper dosages, it may have serious effects like:
- Ruptures in tendons, hence tendonitis
- Certain nervous system disorders
- Kidney damage
- Loss of vision or double vision
- Abdominal pain
- Other visual complications
It is therefore basically told that Levofloxacin dosage should be taken as per the prescription and also after checking the content and the instructions given on the packaging. A medication guide is also supplied along with this medicine, which should be properly read before the patient actually starts taking this medicine.
Moreover, it should always be remembered that no one should take an overdose of Levofloxacin as it may lead to fatal consequences.
The liquid form of the medicine should be taken either an hour before meals or 2 hours after them. The dose should be properly measured before consumption, to avoid an overdose. The tablet form can be taken with meals or empty-stomach as well. The best recommended way is to take the medicine with a full glass of water. Also, enough water should be taken if Levofloxacin is taken every day, as the intake of water reduces the side effects.
Another important practice is not to miss the dose. This maintains constant level of medicine in the blood of the body, hence helping the drug in eliminating the infecting bacteria. The medicine should be taken for the full recommended period, even if the patient starts feeling better after just a few doses.
The dosage differs from patient to patient and also according to the type and seriousness of the infection. This is the primary reason why doctors should always be consulted before a patient starts taking this medicine. In general, following is the dosage pattern as per the infection and also depending on whether the patient is a child or an adult.
- For treatment of any type of infection: Adults are prescribed a dose 250 mg to 750 mg, taken once a day whereas children doses are recommended only by doctor.
- For treating or avoiding preventing anthrax infection:
- 500 mg a day for Adults
- 500 mg once a day for children of age 6 months or older, and weighing 15 kg or more
- For children of 6 months and older, weighing less than 15 kg, the dose is recommended by the doctor and also depends on the body weight. This is normally 8 mg per kg of body weight per dose and is given two times a day. The dose does not extend to more than 250 mg.
- For children less than six months in age, the dosage is only recommended by the doctor.
- In case of plague, similar dose as which are mentioned for Anthrax is to be used.
Using Levaquin to treat pneumonia
One of the major infections that are treated by Levofloxacin is Pneumonia, precisely named Nosocomial Pneumonia, an infection acquired normally by patients admitted in the hospital. Also it is used for treating another type of pneumonia called as Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Under this, the treatment is divided into two phases or course periods, which are as follows:
- 5-day course of 750 mg once a day and
- 7-14 day course of 500 once a day
For Nosocomial Pneumonia, the dosage is of 750 mg for 7 -14 days.
Levofloxacin 750 mg dosage
One of the variants of the Levofloxacin is the Levoflox 750, which is prescribed for bacterial infections specifically caused to the skin.
The dosage prescribed for Levoflox 750 should be taken as per your doctor’s prescription. The dosage varies for different persons and is usually given after checking the severity of the infection. Normally, tablets are to be taken with a glassful of water. It should also be ensured that the patient taking this drug should consume ample liquids, including water, to maintain healthy levels of water inside the body and to prevent the risk of possible dehydration.