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Generic Name: levofloxacin ophthalmic (lee voe FLOX ah sin)
What is levofloxacin ophthalmic?
Levofloxacin is an antibiotic.Levofloxacin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.
Levofloxacin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about levofloxacin ophthalmic?Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Levofloxacin ophthalmic may cause blurred or decreased vision. If you experience blurred or decreased vision, avoid these activities. Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye. Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with levofloxacin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Who should not use levofloxacin ophthalmic?Do not use levofloxacin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only. Levofloxacin ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether levofloxacin ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Do not use levofloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether levofloxacin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use levofloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.
How should I use levofloxacin ophthalmic?
Use levofloxacin ophthalmic eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using your eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days.Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it. Store levofloxacin ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, wash the eye with water and call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops have been ingested, drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.
What should I avoid while using levofloxacin ophthalmic?Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Levofloxacin ophthalmic may cause blurred or decreased vision. If you experience blurred or decreased vision, avoid these activities.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment. After applying levofloxacin ophthalmic wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with levofloxacin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Levofloxacin ophthalmic side effectsStop using levofloxacin ophthalmic and seek emergency medical attention f you experience an allergic reaction (swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; shortness of breath; closing of your throat; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use levofloxacin ophthalmic and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect levofloxacin ophthalmic?
Avoid other eye medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with levofloxacin ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Levofloxacin ophthalmic is available with a prescription under the brand name Quixin in a 0.5 % solution. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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