Compare Cipro vs. Levaquin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Cipro
(Ciprofloxacin)

Levaquin
(Levofloxacin)

Kills bacteria. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.Kills bacteria. Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
64%
of people say Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is worth it
53%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Levaquin (Levofloxacin)
54%
10% vs. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
39%
14% vs. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
29%
12% vs. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
Side effects
CiproLevaquin

The Cipro FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Levaquin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
CiproLevaquin
Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
CiproLevaquin
Antibiotic
Fluoroquinolone
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Fluoroquinolone
Prescription only
Available as
CiproLevaquin
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Infusion (IV)
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
CiproLevaquin
Risk factors for serious side effects
CiproLevaquin
  • Over 60 years of age
  • On long-term steroid use
  • Heart, kidney, or lung transplant
  • Myasthenia gravis
        Detailed Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
        • Over 60 years of age
        • On long-term steroid use
        • Heart, kidney, or lung transplant
          • History of liver disease
          • Seizures
              • Diabetes
              • Taking medications for diabetes
                  Detailed Levaquin (Levofloxacin) risks & warnings »
                  Pregnancy category
                  CiproLevaquin
                  CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

                  Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                  See the FDA package insert
                  CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

                  Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                  See the FDA package insert
                  Alcohol
                  No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
                  Food
                  No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
                  Kidneys and liver
                  No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
                  Sex
                  No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
                  Sleep
                  No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
                  Weight
                  No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
                  Upsides and benefits
                  CiproLevaquin
                  • Available in generic.
                  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
                  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
                  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
                  • Available in generic.
                  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
                  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
                  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
                  Downsides and risks
                  CiproLevaquin
                  • If you have caffeine while on Ciprofloxacin, you may noticed increased effects of the caffeine.
                  • Ciprofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
                  • Can cause diarrhea.
                  • Must be used with caution in people over 60 years of age, or who have had either an organ transplant or on long-term steroid use due to possible tendon rupture.
                  • Can't be used if you've ever had myasthenia gravis.
                  • Levofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
                  • You have to space out any medications with aluminum, magnesium or zinc by at least 2 hours.
                  • Can cause changes in taste, headaches, and insomnia.
                  • Must be used with caution in people over 60 years of age, or who have had either an organ transplant or on long-term steroid use due to possible tendon rupture.
                  • Can't be used if you've ever had myasthenia gravis.
                  Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
                  CiproLevaquin
                  • Avoid taking this by itself with dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) or with juice with calcium.
                  • Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after any antacids with magnesium or aluminum or with any vitamins with calcium, iron or zinc.
                  • Limit your caffeine intake while taking this medication.
                  • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
                  • Wear sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun.
                  • Take the medication exactly how the doctor tells you to.
                  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
                  • Take this medication with plenty of fluids.
                  • Space out any medications containing aluminum, magnesium or zinc by at least 2 hours.
                  • Can cause changes in taste, headaches and insomnia.
                  • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
                  • Wear sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun.
                  • Take the medication exactly how the doctor tells you to.
                  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
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