LEVOFLOXACIN

(lev-o-flox’a-sin)
Levaquin, Iquix, Quixin
Classifications:
antiinfective; antibiotic; quinolone
Prototype: Ciprofloxacin
Pregnancy Category: C

NURSING IMPLICATIONS

Assessment & Drug Effects

  • Lab tests: Do C&S test prior to beginning therapy and periodically.
  • Withhold therapy and report to physician immediately any of the following: Skin rash or other signs of a hypersensitivity reaction (see Appendix F); CNS symptoms such as seizures, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, depression; skin eruption following sun exposure; symptoms of colitis such as persistent diarrhea; joint pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon; hypoglycemic reaction in diabetic on an oral hypoglycemic agent.

Patient & Family Education

  • Learn important indications for discontinuing drug and immediately notifying physician.
  • Consume fluids liberally while taking levofloxacin.
  • Allow a minimum of 2 h between drug dosage and taking any of the following: Aluminum or magnesium antacids, iron supplements, multivitamins with zinc, or sucralfate.
  • Avoid exposure to excess sunlight or artificial UV light.
  • Avoid NSAIDs while taking levofloxacin, if possible.
  • Do not breast feed while taking this drug.

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