Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

Levaquin 

(levofloxacin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Kills bacteria.

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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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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.

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Side effect rates for Levaquin (levofloxacin)

7537 From clinical trials of Levaquin / Infection
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Consitpation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Levaquin (levofloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Over 60 years of age
    • On long-term steroid use
    • Heart, kidney, or lung transplant

    If you notice redness/inflammation, pain or swelling in your joints or muscles, especially in the Achilles tendon, contact your doctor immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Levaquin (levofloxacin)

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Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Pain
  • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
  • 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.
  • This horrible medication has left me with severe tendonitis and joint pain in my achilles heel, right shoulder and neck. Very dangerous drug.