Your healthcare provider will determine your levofloxacin dosage based on several factors, including the type of infection and the bacteria causing the infection. While the antibiotic is usually taken once daily, people with kidney disease may need to take it every other day. Your levofloxacin doses can be taken at any time of the day, as long as it is the same time each day.
The dose of levofloxacin (Levaquin®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- The type of infection and bacteria
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
There is no "standard" levofloxacin dose that is recommended for all situations. Your healthcare provider will calculate the appropriate dosage by taking several factors into account, including your weight, the severity of the infection, the type of the infection, and the type of bacteria causing the infection. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions carefully.
Be sure to finish your prescription, even if you start to feel better. Stopping levofloxacin too soon could lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The length of time your healthcare recommends that you take levofloxacin will depend on the type and severity of your infections. Some infections can be treated with as few as three days of levofloxacin; others require much longer use. For instance, the recommended length of treatment for anthrax exposure is 60 days.
While levofloxacin is usually taken once a day, people with kidney disease (who do not clear levofloxacin from the body well) may need to take the drug every other day. A lower dosage may also be recommended for people with kidney disease.