Levoxin Eye Drops(Levofloxacin)

Therapeutic Group: Ophthalmic

Presentation

Levoxin 0.5% eye drops: Each ml contains Levofloxacin Hemihydrate INN equivalent to Levofloxacin 5 mg.

Description

Levofloxacin is a synthetic, broad-spectrum, third generation fluoroquinolone derivative antibacterial agent. Chemically levofloxacin is a chiral fluorinated carboxyquinolone.

Indications

Levoxin eye drops is indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by susceptible strains of the above mentioned organisms. In some studies it has been found that Levofloxacin is indicated in post-operative ocular infection.

Dosage & Administration

Adults and children 1 year of age and older:
Days 1 and 2: Instill 1-2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 2 hours while awake, up to 8 times per day.
Days 3 through 7: Instill 1-2 drops in the affected eye(s) every 4 hours while awake, up to 4 times per day.

Children up to 1 year of age:
Use and dose must be determined by the physician.

Side Effects

Levofloxacin is generally well tolerated. However, a few side-effects can usually be seen. Side-effects include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence and rare occurrence of phototoxicity (0.1%). Side-effects that may be seen very rarely include tremors, depression, anxiety, confusion etc.

Precautions

contaminating the applicator tip with material from the eye, fingers or other source.

Use in Pregnancy & Lactation

Levofloxacin is not recommended for use during pregnancy or nursing, as the effects on the unborn child or nursing infant are unknown.