Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Levaquin?

levofloxacin

What is the Trade Name for levofloxacin?

Levaquin

What are the Indications of Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

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

What are the Actions of Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

inhibits DNA synthesis in bacteria

What is the Therapeutic Class of Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Anti-infective

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

fluoroquinolone

What are the Nursing Considerations of Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • contraindicated in allergies
  • may cause QT prolongation, avoid use with other drugs that can cause QT prolongation
  • can cause seizures, arrythmias, pseudomembranous colitis, anaphylaxis, Stevens Johnson
    syndrome
  • may decreased of phenytoin
  • monitor renal panel
  • assess for infection, obtain cultures prior to therapy
  • monitor liver function tests

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