17 . July , 2018 - Tuesday
Check todays hot topics or new products

Find a Drug: Advanced

Please Sign in or Register

All about: Levofloxacin Ophthalmic

Big Image

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S.—

  • Quixin

Category

  • Antibacterial, ophthalmic

Description

Ophthalmic levofloxacin ( (lee-voh-FLOKS-a-sin)) is used in the eye to treat bacterial infections of the eye . Ophthalmic levofloxacin works by killing bacteria.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form:

  • Ophthalmic
  • Ophthalmic solution (eye drops) (U.S.)

Before Using This Medicine

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For levofloxacin, the following should be considered:

Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to levofloxacin or any related medicines, such as cinoxacin (e.g., Cinobac), ciprofloxacin (e.g., Cipro or Ciloxan), norfloxacin (e.g., Chibroxin or Noroxin), ofloxacin (e.g., Floxin), or nalidixic acid (e.g., NegGram). Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.

Pregnancy—Levofloxacin has not been studied in pregnant women. Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.

Breast-feeding—It is not known whether levofloxacin passes into breast milk. However, similar medicines do pass into breast milk. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Children—Use is not recommended in infants under 1 year of age. In children older than 1 year, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults.

Older adults—Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information comparing use of levofloxacin in the elderly with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Other medicines—Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you using any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine that is to be used in the eye.

Proper Use of This Medicine

Dosing—To use levofloxacin ophthalmic solution (eye drops):

  • First, wash your hands. Then tilt the head back and pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close the eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes to allow the medicine to come into contact with the infection.
  • If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eyes properly, use another drop.
  • To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed.
To help clear up your eye infection completely, keep using ophthalmic levofloxacin for the full time of treatment , even if your symptoms have disappeared. Do not miss any doses . Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of levofloxacin. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are taking levofloxacin .

  • For ophthalmic solution dosage form:
    • For bacterial conjunctivitis:
      • Adults and children 1 year of age and older—Days 1 and 2: Put one to two drops in the affected eye(s) every two hours while awake. Do not put drops in more than 8 times a day. Days 3 through 7: Put one to two drops in the affected eye(s) every 4 hours while awake. Do not put drops in more than 4 times a day.
      • Infants and children up to 1 year of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed dose— If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage—To store this medicine:

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.
  • Keep the medicine from freezing. Do not refrigerate.
  • Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Ask your health care professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.

Precautions While Using This Medicine

If your eye infection does not improve within a few days, or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.

This medicine may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light than they are normally. Wearing sunglasses and avoiding too much exposure to bright light may help lessen the discomfort.

Side Effects of This Medicine

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted side effects. Many side effects that occur do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.

Less common

Itching, pain, redness or swelling of eye or eyelid; watering of eyes; decreased vision; fever; feeling of having something in the eye; headache; hoarseness; eye burning, dryness, itching, or pain; increased sensitivity of eyes to light

body aches or pain; congestion; dryness or soreness of throat; runny nose; swelling of the eyelid; tender, swollen glands in neck; trouble in swallowing

voice changes

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Developed: 10/20/2000

The information contained in the Thomson Healthcare (Micromedex) products as delivered by Drugs.com is intended as an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment. It is not a substitute for a medical exam, nor does it replace the need for services provided by medical professionals. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking any prescription or over the counter drugs (including any herbal medicines or supplements) or following any treatment or regimen. Only your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for you.

The use of the Thomson Healthcare products is at your sole risk. These products are provided "AS IS" and "as available" for use, without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Thomson Healthcare and Drugs.com make no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, timeliness, usefulness or completeness of any of the information contained in the products. Additionally, THOMSON HEALTHCARE MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE OPINIONS OR OTHER SERVICE OR DATA YOU MAY ACCESS, DOWNLOAD OR USE AS A RESULT OF USE OF THE THOMSON HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. Thomson Healthcare does not assume any responsibility or risk for your use of the Thomson Healthcare products.

Recent Drug Updates at DrugIndexOnline:





Cladribine Cladribine
Dosage Form: Injection Rx ONLY For Intravenous Infusion Only WARNINGS Cladribine Injection should be administered under the supervision of a qualified physician experienced in the use of antineoplastic therapy. Suppression of bone marrow function should be anticipated. This is usually reversi more...

DayQuil Multi-Symptom Cold/Flu DayQuil Multi-Symptom Cold/Flu
Generic Name: Acetaminophen/Dextromethorphan/Pseudoephedrine Capsules (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen/dex-troe-meth-OR-fan/sue-doe-eh-FED-rin) Brand Name: Examples include Alka-Seltzer Plus Flu/Body and DayQuil Multi-Symptom Cold/FluDayQuil Multi-Symptom Cold/Flu is used for:Relieving pain, congestion, a more...

Equagesic Equagesic
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Epromate-M Equagesic Heptogesic Meprogesic Meprogesic Q Micrainin In Canada— Equagesic ‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S. ‡ In Canada, Equagesic also contains ethoheptazine citrate Category more...

Habitrol oral/patches/nasal Habitrol oral/patches/nasal
Generic Name: nicotine (oral/patches/nasal) (NICK oh teen) Brand Names: Commit, Habitrol, Nicoderm C-Q, Nicorette, Nicorette DS, Nicotrol, Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol NS What is nicotine? Nicotine is the primary ingredient in tobacco products. Nicotine in medical products is used to aid i more...

Maxzide Maxzide
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Aldactazide 2 Dyazide 3 Maxzide 3 Moduretic 1 Spirozide 2 In Canada— Aldactazide 2 Apo-Triazide 3 Dyazide 3 Moduret 1 Novo-Spirozine 2 Novo-Triamzide 3 Note: For quick reference, the following medicines are numbered to match t more...

Nexavar Nexavar
Generic Name: sorafenib (sor a FEN ib) Brand Names: Nexavar What is sorafenib? Sorafenib is a cancer (chemotherapeutic) medication. Sorafenib interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body. Sorafenib is used to treat a type of kidney cancer calle more...

Novo-Doxepin Novo-Doxepin
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Anafranil 3 Asendin 2 Aventyl 7 Elavil 1 Endep 1 Norfranil 6 Norpramin 4 Pamelor 7 Sinequan 5 Surmontil 9 Tipramine 6 Tofranil 6 Tofranil-PM 6 Vivactil 8 In Canada— Anafranil 3 Apo-Amitriptyline 1 Apo-Imipramine 6 Apo-Trimip 9 Asend more...

Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
Pronouncation: (PEN-toe-san) Class: Interstitial cystitis agent Trade Names: Elmiron - Capsules 100 mg Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Unknown. Adheres to and may protect the mucosal membrane of the bladder. Pharmacokinetics Absorption Absorption is approximately 3% of dose. Distribution Distribut more...