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Levofloxacin

Last updated on June 26, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Levofloxacin

CHINESE NAME: 左氧氟沙星

COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Cravit, Lemed, Levocle, Levofloxacin Sandoz, Levofloxacin Stada, Levofloxacin-Pharmathen-I & C, Levotin, Levoxa, Levoxl 

What is Levofloxacin for?

Leovfloxacin is an antibiotic used for treating bacterial infections, including but not limited to the following: 

  • Community-acquired pneumonia 
  • Local treatment of eye infections 
  • Acute sinusitis 
  • Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Acute exacerbation of bronchiectasis 
  • Urinary-tract infections 
  • Chronic prostatitis 
  • Complicated skin and soft-tissue infections 
  • Chronic pulmonary infections due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis 

How to use it?

For community-acquired pneumonia

Oral 

Adult

500 mg 1-2 times daily for 7-14 days.

Intravenous infusion

Adult

500 mg at least over 1 hour 1-2 times daily. 

For local treatment of eye infections

To the eye

Adult / Child 1–17 years

Apply every 2 hours for the first 2 days, up to a maximum of 8 times daily, then apply 4 times daily for 3 days.

For acute sinusitis

Oral 

Adult

500 mg once daily for 10-14 days.

For acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Oral 

Adult

500 mg once daily for 5 days.

For acute exacerbation of bronchiectasis

Oral

Adult

500 mg 1-2 times a day for 7-14 days.

Intravenous infusion

Adult

500 mg over at least 1 hour 1-2 times a day. 

For urinary-tract infections

Oral

Adult

500 mg once daily for 7-14 days.

For uncomplicated urinary-tract infections 

Oral

Adult

250 mg once daily for 3 days.

For chronic prostatitis

Oral

Adult

500 mg once daily for 28 days.

For complicated skin infections / soft-tissue infections 

Oral 

Adult

500 mg 1-2 times daily for 7-14 days.

What are the side effects of Levofloxacin?

Common side effects of Levofloxacin include joint pain, diarrhoea, headache, muscle complaints, nausea and vomiting, irregular heart rhythms, and altered taste. Eye discomfort and eye disorders may also occur associated with the use of eye drops. 

Where to buy Levofloxacin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Levofloxacin is a prescription only medicine. It requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

For detailed information about the use of Levoflaxacin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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