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Levogen-500 Tablet

Manufactured byNexgen Rx Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
ContainsLevofloxacin
Description
Levogen-500 Tablet is fluoroquinolone antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial infections that affect the nose, throat, eyes, ears, skin, lungs, or urinary tract. This medicine is effective against a large number of bacteria. It kills or prevents the growth of bacteria in the body. It is not effective against infections caused by viruses. Common side effects of Levogen-500 Tablet are diarrhoea, stomach pain, headache, weakness, nausea, and vomiting. Levogen-500 Tablet can cause muscle damage, usually in the ankle. It should only be used to treat or prevent infections that are caused by bacteria. Levogen-500 Tablet is available on prescription as tablets, injection, syrup, suspension, eye drops and eye/ear drops. Once an antibiotic is started, it is always recommended to finish the entire course of treatment. For the best results, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. You can take Levogen-500 Tablet with or without food. For the ease of remembering, take this antibiotic around the same time every day.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Levogen-500 Tablet

  • Loose stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Skin rash
  • Change in taste
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle pain

Uses of Levogen-500 Tablet

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cystitis
  • Pyelonephriits
  • Nongonococcal Urethritis
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Community-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Inhalation Anthrax
  • Plague
  • Prostatitis
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Otitis Externa
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    You will start to feel better in 2 to 3 days after taking levofloxacin. But finish your entire course of treatment, even if the condition gets better.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The effect of levofloxacin lasts for about 24 hours and then you may have to take your next dose as directed by your doctor/pharmacist.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit-forming tendency has been reported for Levogen-500 Tablet.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    Levogen-500 Tablet should be avoided during pregnancy due to the risk of adverse effects on the baby's developing joints. Levofloxacin is not known to cause harmful effects on the baby if is taken later in pregnancy. Take this medicine only upon your doctor's recommendation.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    Levogen-500 Tablet is not known to be harmful in breastfeeding women. It passes into breast milk in small amounts. Hence it is acceptable in nursing mothers upon your doctor's recommendation. Baby should be observed for symptoms such as diarrhoea and yeast infection.

Allergy

Avoid taking Levogen-500 Tablet if you are previously allergic to it. Serious allergic reactions to this medicine are rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of allergic reactions such as skin rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, breathing difficulties, etc.

Tendinitis or tendon rupture

Levogen-500 Tablet can cause muscle damage especially in old age. Do not use Levogen-500 Tablet if you have tendonitis (swelling of fibres that attach bone with muscles) or tendon rupture (a partial or complete tear of the tendon- the tissue that connects muscle to bone).

Myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis is a skeletal muscle weakness condition characterized by severe weakness of any of the muscles under your voluntary control, including the arms and legs. Levogen-500 Tablet should be avoided in patients with myasthenia gravis since it may get worsen.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Levogen-500 Tablet should be avoided during pregnancy due to the risk of adverse effects on the baby's developing joints. Levofloxacin is not known to cause harmful effects on the baby if is taken later in pregnancy. Take this medicine only upon your doctor's recommendation.

Breast-feeding

Levogen-500 Tablet is not known to be harmful in breastfeeding women. It passes into breast milk in small amounts. Hence it is acceptable in nursing mothers upon your doctor's recommendation. Baby should be observed for symptoms such as diarrhoea and yeast infection.
General warnings

Muscle damage

Levogen-500 Tablet can cause muscle damage usually on the tendons that surround the ankle. Inform your doctor if you feel pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in your muscles.

Antibiotic resistance

Finish your entire course of treatment with Levogen-500 Tablet, even if the condition gets better to avoid antibiotic resistance (the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics). If you still feel unwell after completing your antibiotic course, make an appointment to consult your doctor.

Driving or operating machinery

Levogen-500 Tablet may cause dizziness or sleepiness and interfere with eyesight. Hence do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery after taking this medicine.

Kidney diseases

Patients with kidney diseases need special consideration while taking Levogen-500 Tablet due to the risk of kidney damage. Dose adjustment should be done based on the clinical condition.

Diarrhoea

Levogen-500 Tablet can cause diarrhoea because it may also kill the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine. Get emergency medical help if you experience severe diarrhoea that is watery or bloody. Call your pharmacist/doctor before taking anti-diarrhoeal medication.

Antacids

If you are taking an antacid containing aluminium and magnesium salts for indigestion, it can increase the time it takes for Levogen-500 Tablet to act on your body. Because of this, it is recommended to take this antibiotic at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking antacids.

Missed Dose

Try not to skip a dose of Levogen-500 Tablet. And if a dose is skipped, do not add it up to the next dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention in case of an overdose with Levogen-500 Tablet.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Escitalopram

Ethinyl Estradiol

Corticosteroids

Quinidine

Aspirin

Disease interactions

Central nervous system disorders

Use Levogen-500 Tablet with caution in patients with nerve problems, seizures, depression, and psychotic reactions. Levogen-500 Tablet can trigger these conditions and inform your doctor immediately if these reactions occur.

Colitis

Use Levogen-500 Tablet with extreme caution in patients with gastrointestinal (mouth to anus) diseases, particularly colitis (swelling of the inner lining of the colon), since it may worsen the patient's condition.

QT Prolongation

Levogen-500 Tablet may cause heart rhythm problem called prolonged QT intervals (an electrical heartbeat disturbance) in some patients who are taking heart medications. It may result in fast, rapid, and irregular heartbeats.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral forms: Take Levogen-500 Tablet as instructed by the doctor. Never take more than the prescribed dose. Take this medicine at around the same time daily. Do not give your medicine to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours. Injection: Levogen-500 Tablet should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional in a clinic or hospital. Topical forms: Use Levogen-500 Tablet as directed by the doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Levogen-500 Tablet stops the action of a bacterial enzyme called DNA-gyrase. This helps to kill or prevent the growth of bacteria in the body.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Fluoroquinolones, Antibiotics

Schedule

Schedule H

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