Compare Levaquin vs. Biaxin

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Levaquin
(levofloxacin)

Biaxin
(clarithromycin)

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.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Levaquin
53%
of people (All ages) say Levaquin is worth it
40%
say it works well
31%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
LevaquinBiaxin
  • Nausea 7%
  • Headache 6%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Consitpation 3%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Rash 2%
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How it works
LevaquinBiaxin
Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Coming soon.
Type of medication
LevaquinBiaxin
Prescription only
Available as
LevaquinBiaxin
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
LevaquinBiaxin
  • Acute Infective Exacerbation Of Chronic Bronchitis Acute Otitis Media Community Acquired Pneumonia Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Prophylaxis HIV Infection Duodenal Ulcer Disease Helicobacter Pylori Gastrointestinal Tract Infection Infection Of Skin AND OR Subcutaneous Tissue
Risk factors for serious side effects
LevaquinBiaxin
  • Over 60 years of age
  • On long-term steroid use
  • Heart, kidney, or lung transplant
  • History of liver disease
  • Seizures
Detailed Levaquin (levofloxacin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    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.

    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.

    Kidneys and liver
    LevaquinBiaxin
    • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    LevaquinBiaxin
    • If you notice redness/inflammation, pain or swelling in your joints or muscles, especially in the Achilles tendon, contact your doctor immediately.
    • Talk to your doctor immediately if you start to feel burning, tingling, numbness, pain or you can't tolerate heat or cold. This could be a sign of nerve damage. It can happen as soon as you start taking the medication and may not go away if you stop it.
    • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    LevaquinBiaxin
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    LevaquinBiaxin
    • 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.
    • Levofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
    • Can't be used if you've ever had myasthenia gravis.
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    LevaquinBiaxin
    • 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.
    • Take this medication with plenty of fluids.
    • Space out any medications containing aluminum, magnesium or zinc by at least 2 hours.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • Can cause changes in taste, headaches and insomnia.
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