Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Considerations

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Generic Name

levofloxacin

Trade Name

Levaquin

Indication

urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, skin and bone
infections

Action

inhibits DNA synthesis in bacteria

Therapeutic Class

Anti-infective

Pharmacologic Class

fluoroquinolone

Nursing Considerations

• contraindicated in allergies
• may cause QT prolongation, avoid use with other drugs that can cause QT prolongation
• can cause seizures, arrhythmias, pseudomembranous colitis, anaphylaxis, Stevens Johnson
syndrome

• increases the risk for tendinitis or tendon rupture

• may decrease plasma concentration of phenytoin
• monitor renal panel
• assess for infection, obtain cultures prior to therapy
• monitor liver function tests

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Hey guys, let’s take a look at LEVF. Fluen also known as levoquin. This is an oral and IV medication, and it also comes in eyedrops. As you can see here with this solution, the therapeutic class of a Lev fluen or how it works in the body is an anti infecti agent in the pharmacologic class, or the chemical effect is a floral quinolone. So LeVox ASIN works by inhibiting DNA synthesis in bacteria, which is why we use it to treat UTIs or urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and skin, and bone infections. Some of the more serious side effects that can occur with levofloxacin are things like arrhythmias, pseudo embers, colitis seizures, and even anaphylaxis. 

Let’s take a look at a few nursing considerations for Lev flexin. Lev flux ASIN is contraindicated with an allergy. So be sure to encourage the patient, to inform the provider of any allergies, Lev flu ASIN may cause QT prolongation. So avoid use of other meds that also cause this issue. And also it may cause Steven Johnson syndrome assess the infection in the patient. And if cultures are needed, be sure that they’re obtained prior to the start of the therapy. LeVox ASIN may decrease the effects or level Afeni toin, renal and liver labs should also be monitored on this medication. So guys of the floral quinolones Lev flux ASIN may have the highest rate of tendon rupture or tendon damage. So be aware of this in patient who may be prone, that’s it for LeVox or Levaquin now go out and be your best self today. And as always happy nursing.

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