Precautions and Warnings With Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution
Before using levofloxacin ophthalmic solution, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings on who should not use the drug and possible side effects that may occur. For example, this prescription eye medicine could cause several reactions (such as difficulty breathing or an unexplained rash) and may not be safe for people with certain allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using levofloxacin ophthalmic solution (Iquix®, Quixin®) 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
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and WarningsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using levofloxacin ophthalmic solution include:
- In rare cases, some people may experience severe allergic reactions from fluoroquinolones such as levofloxacin ophthalmic solution. Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Throat tightness
- A rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing.
- Levofloxacin ophthalmic solution does not kill all types of organisms that may cause eye infections. In rare cases, an overgrowth of these nonsusceptible organisms may occur with long-term levofloxacin ophthalmic solution use, leading to a second infection, such as a fungal infection. If your eye infection seems to get worse, or if it has not improved within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers. Ask your healthcare provider when you can start wearing contacts again.
- Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, may spread very easily. Therefore, do not touch the tip of the levofloxacin ophthalmic solution container to your eye, to help limit the spread of infection. Also, make sure you wash your hands often while using this medicine, especially after you touch your eyes.
- Levofloxacin ophthalmic solution is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Levofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution).
- Levofloxacin ophthalmic solution is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Iquix and Pregnancy and Quixin and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if levofloxacin ophthalmic solution passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medicine (see Iquix and Breastfeeding and Quixin and Breastfeeding).