Levaquin, generically known as levofloxacin, is a quinolone antibiotic medication that, for more than 13 years, has been prescribed to treat a number of severe bacterial infections. However, due to the possibility of severe Levaquin side effects, it's essential that patients talk to their doctor and discuss their complete medical history before starting a course of Levaquin.
Levaquin is not safe for patients who:
- Are pregnant or nursing, as the effects of Levaquin are currently unknown on unborn and newborn babies
- Are allergic to quinolone antibiotics, specifically levofloxacin
- Have a history of heart problems, liver or kidney disease, epilepsy, diabetes and/or long QT syndrome
Levaquin Treatment for STDs
Given Levaquin is effective at destroying harmful bacteria, it can be prescribed to treat a number of different types of infections, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that are caused by bacteria. STDs that can be treated with Levaquin include:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
The precise Levaquin dose, as well as the length of time patients need to be on this antibiotic, will depend on the nature and severity of the condition, as well as the individual's medical history.
Levaquin Treatment for Prostatitis
Prostatitis is a collective term that refers to various conditions that affect the prostate gland. Such prostate disorders that are caused by bacterial infections — specifically, acute bacterial prostatitis and chronic bacterial prostatitis.
While patients suffering from acute bacterial prostatitis will only have to take Levaquin (or a similar antibiotic) for 2 to 4 weeks, those with chronic bacterial prostatitis will likely have to continue taking this drug for 6 months to effectively prevent a recurrent infection. In addition to Levaquin, prostatitis patients will also need a short hospital stay during which they will receive IV treatments.
Treatment for Levaquin Poisoning
Although Levaquin is a potent antibiotic medication, in some cases, it can cause more harm than help. When Levaquin poisoning occurs, patients may develop any of the following serious, potentially fatal health complications:
- Double vision
- Fatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Heart problems, including arrhythmia and/or cardiotoxicity
- Liver, kidney and/or pancreas injuries that can lead to organ failure
- Muscle deterioration and neuromuscular diseases
- Nerve damage (neuropathy) in the hands and/or feet
- Permanent loss of vision and/or loss of color vision
- Severe allergic reaction
- Severe anemia
- Severe central nervous system (CSN) disorders
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN), potentially fatal skin conditions
Levaquin patients who begin developing symptoms of the above conditions should seek emergency medical attention to prevent death.
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