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Levofloxacin ophthalmic

Generic name: levofloxacin ophthalmic [leev-oh-FLOX-a-sin-off-THAL-mik]
Brand names: Iquix, Iquix
Ophthalmic solution (0.5%)
Drug class: Ophthalmic antiseptic

What is Levofloxacin Ophthalmic?

The antibiotic is called Levofloxacin (pronounced flor-oKWIN-olone).Levofloxacin (for the eye) is used for treating eye infections caused by bacteria.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Levofloxacin Ophthalmic.

Side effects of Levofloxacin ophthalmic

If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, fainting, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Levofloxacin can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • A skin rash is a rash, no matter how mild.
  • Eye irritation caused by eye drops is severe
  • Signs of an eye infection include swelling, discomfort, redness, and crusting.

Levofloxacin eye drops may cause the following side effects:

  • Feeling like you have something in your eye or having decreased vision
  • You may experience pain, discomfort, or burning in your eyes.
  • Eyes being more sensitive to the light
  • Fever; sore throat
  • Headache.

There may be other side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

prednisone, Ciprofloxacin for ophthalmic use, Diclofenac for ophthalmic use, The ophthalmic form of azithromycin, Erythromycin for ophthalmic, Gentamicin Ophthalmic, Bacitracin Ophthalmic


Do not use it other than as directed. Inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking or if you have allergies or other medical conditions.

Before you take this drug.

If you have an allergy to levofloxacin (or similar antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin), you should avoid using levofloxacin.Tell your doctor whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding.No one under the age of 6 is allowed to use this product.

How to take Levofloxacin Ophthalmic?

Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow the directions. Sometimes, your doctor will change the dose. Take the medicine exactly as directed.Before using eye medications, wash your hands.Apply the eye drops by pulling down your lower lid to create a pocket. Squeeze a few drops into this pocket. Close your eyes for a minute or two.Only use the number of drops prescribed.Wait 10 minutes after using the first eye drop before using another.Avoid touching the tip of the dropper or placing it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper may cause serious vision problems and infection of your eye.If the liquid is discoloured or contains particles, do not use it. For new medication, call your pharmacist.Continue to use this medication even if you notice a rapid improvement in your symptoms. By skipping doses, you could cause your infection to become resistant to the medication.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

If anyone accidentally swallows the medicine, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Contact lenses should not be worn until the symptoms of an eye infection have gone away.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine used on your eyes. Many drugs can interact. Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.