Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using levofloxacin ophthalmic solution if you have any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Iquix and Pregnancy or Quixin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Iquix and Breastfeeding or Quixin and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?Levofloxacin ophthalmic solution works by blocking a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is required for the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply. This eye solution will not work against viruses.
When and How to Use This MedicationSome general considerations for using this medicine include the following:
- Levofloxacin ophthalmic solution comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally dosed several times a day. Make sure you know your individual instructions for using this medicine.
- Many eye infections can spread easily. To prevent further spread of infection, try not to touch your eye while using this medicine, wash your hands thoroughly before and after use, and avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface, including your eye or hands.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider when you may use contacts again.
- This medication should only be used in the eye. Do not take it by mouth or apply it to your skin.
- Make sure to dispose of this medication after you finish treatment. Do not save it for later use.
- You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting treatment. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish your full levofloxacin ophthalmic solution course. If you stop this medicine too soon, your infection may not be cured, and antibiotic resistance may develop.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.