Tavanic tablets 500mg Why do I need this medicine? Levofloxacin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the nose, lungs, skin, genitals and bladder.
Levofloxacin belongs to a group of antibiotics called the quinolones.
How do I take this medicine? Take Levofloxacin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Levofloxacin at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Levofloxacin may be taken with or without food. You may take it after meals if it gives you stomach discomfort. Always take it with a full glass of water, unless your doctor has specifically told you not to do so.
If you have been given an oral solution, take it on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose. What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know. Can I take this with other medicines? Do not take Levofloxacin at the same time as antacids or supplements that contain aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium or zinc. These reduce the effectiveness of Levofloxacin. If you must take antacids or multivitamins containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium or zinc, take Levofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after such products.
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- any diabetes medicine
- theophylline (an asthma medicine)
- amiodarone, sotalol (heart medicines)
- psychiatric medicines
- phenytoin (an epilepsy medicine)
- sucralfate, cisapride (gastric medicines)
- other medicines such as didanosine, methotrexate, ciclosporin, ropinirole, tizanidine
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription. How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
The oral solution can be stored at room temperature not more than 25-30¶øC.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
When should I not use this medicine? Do not take Levofloxacin if you have a history of allergic reactions (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to similar antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin, nalidixic acid, norfloxacin or ofloxacin.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not take Levofloxacin if you are pregnant.
Do not give Levofloxacin to children or teenagers unless instructed by the doctor. What should I take note of while taking this medicine? Inform your doctor if you have heart or kidney disease, diabetes, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, an inherited condition known as G6PD deficiency, or if you ever had an injury to a tendon or muscle.
Alert your doctor if you have bowel disease, especially colitis (inflammation of the colon).
Drink plenty of water while being treated with Levofloxacin, unless your doctor has specifically told you to restrict your fluid intake. Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take? Do not take Levofloxacin with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream. Dairy products reduce the effectiveness of Levofloxacin when taken at the same time. Take Levofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after you have taken any dairy products.
Avoid caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and certain soft drinks.
What side effects could I experience? Levofloxacin may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other common side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, an unusual taste in the mouth and headache. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Levofloxacin may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun or ultraviolet (UV) light, including tanning beds and sun lamps.
Alert your doctor if you experience any pain in your joints or muscles.