Atm Lx Tablet 5
Levofloxacin Levofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat upper and lower urinary tract infection, lower respiratory infection, stomach, and intestinal infections. It is also used for the prophylaxis and treatment of anthrax or plague. Azithromycin Azithromycin is most commonly used in the treatment of bacterial throat infections, skin infections (treatment of acne). Azithromycin relieves cough and cold symptoms by treating nasal, lung, and chest infections (bronchitis). It is also prescribed for ear, skin, soft tissues, and sexually transmitted genital and urinary tract infections.
Mode of drug action :
Levofloxacin Levofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic which is effective against both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. It inhibits the formation of bacterial genetic material by affecting the synthesis of DNA Gyrase, an enzyme essential for replication of bacterial DNA. Therefore, levofloxacin is used for the treatment of bacterial infections. Azithromycin Azithromycin acts by preventing the bacterial growth. It interferes with the bacterial protein synthesis thereby inhibiting its growth.
What are the common side effects?
Levofloxacin The common side effects of levofloxacin are vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, altered taste, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, pain, itching and burning sensation in the vagina, pain in urethra, and flatulence. Azithromycin The common side effects of Azithromycin include nausea and vomiting, stomach pain and upset, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, decreased sense of taste or smell, nervous feeling, tired feeling, sleep disturbances, vaginal itching or discharge, mild rash or itching, ringing in your ears and problems with hearing.
Pregnancy: Unsafe Breast feeding: Unsafe Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• ATM LX contains levofloxacin which is a fluoroquinolone. Therefore, avoid taking ATM LX if allergic to any of its ingredients or similar drug.
• Consult the physician before taking ATM LX for treating skin or bacterial infections.
• Pregnant and lactating females should consult the physician before taking ATM LX as levofloxacin is found in the breast milk. Do not breastfeed while taking ATM LX.
• Keep the medication out of the reach of children.
• Consult the physician immediately if any side effects of ATM LX such as stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea and bloody stools are experienced.
• Consult the physician before taking any other medications or vaccines.
• Undergo liver and kidney functioning test while taking ATM LX.
• ATM LX is prescribed with caution in the elderly and it causes irregular heartbeat, liver dysfunction and tendon problems.
• ATM LX affects the blood glucose levels. Therefore, diabetic patients should undergo blood glucose check-up regularly.
What else should I know?
1. How should I use this medication? Levofloxacin should be taken with or without food preferably after food with a glass of water.
2. Are there any storage precautions for levofloxacin? Store the medication at room temperature (25°C) and away from direct heat and sunlight. Keep the drug out of reach of children.
3. Can I take paracetamol/ibuprofen with levofloxacin? Yes. It is safe to take levofloxacin with paracetamol/ibuprofen as there are no drug interactions reported for these two drugs. However, consult your physician before use.
4. Does Levofloxacin treat pink eye/chlamydia/ear infections? Levofloxacin is an antibiotic and can be used to treat pink eye (conjunctivitis), ear infection, and infection due to chlamydia.
5. Can I take Levofloxacin for viral infections such as cold or flu? No. Levofloxacin is not effective against viral diseases such as cold or flu. Azithromycin
1. Is azithromycin safe for children? Yes. Azithromycin is also available in syrup dosage form; it is safe for children if taken in the prescribed doses.
2. Is azithromycin similar to erythromycin in action? No. Azithromycin is next generation antibiotic of erythromycin class which is more potent. Both are different type of antibiotic belonging to same class
3. I am on azithromycin medication. I have skipped a dose and had food, what should I do? Take the medicine 2 hours after taking the food. If it’s time for the next dose skip the missed dose and continue with the regular dose. Do not take both skipped as well as regular at a time.
4. I have taken azithromycin for throat infection without knowing that I am pregnant. Does it harm the fetus? Azithromycin is relatively safe during pregnancy. It does not harm the fetus of the mother who has taken this drug during pregnancy. However, consult your doctor before intentionally taking this drug during pregnancy or breast feeding.
5. Does azithromycin relieve the symptoms of flu? Flu is a viral infection, azithromycin is an anti-bacterial agent which is in-effective in treating viral infections.