4.4/ 7 average rating with 90 reviewsforLevaquin

Levaquin
Alternatives

(levofloxacin)

Levaquin (levofloxacin)

Prescription only

Zithromax (azithromycin)

Prescription only
1 of 7 alternatives
Treats bacterial infections.

Levaquin (levofloxacin) effectively treats different types of bacterial infections, but it is relatively more expensive than some of its alternatives.

Treats bacterial infections.

Zithromax (azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available in generic form. However, it may cause headache, dizziness, or rash.

Upsides
  • Available as a generic medicine.
  • Liquid form of Levaquin (levofloxacin) is available for those with trouble swallowing.
  • Treats a variety of bacterial infections.
  • Take only once a day.
  • Can take pill form with or without food.
  • Available as a generic in the tablet and suspension form.
  • The suspension can be used if you have problems swallowing.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Bacteria is less resistant to this antibiotic, meaning that Zithromax (azithromycin) will fight off the bacteria better. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Immediate release form can be taken with or without food.
Downsides
  • People with diabetes need to check their blood sugar levels regularly while taking Levaquin (levofloxacin).
  • Can't take Levaquin (levofloxacin) at the same time as antacids or vitamins.
  • Levaquin (levofloxacin) can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a rash.
  • Relatively more expensive compared to similar alternatives.
  • Associated with serious and some potentially life-threatening side effects.
  • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
  • Use with caution if you have liver disease.
  • Must be used with caution if you are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended-release liquid
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Reviews
90 
53%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
31%
think this treatment is a hassle

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909 
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think this treatment is worth it
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think this treatment works well
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think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Levaquin (levofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
3possible side effects
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Tendon rupture and inflammation

    People over age 60

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Myasthenia gravis

    Those with a history of myasthenia gravis

  • Changes in mood and behavior

    Those with a history of depression

  • Effects on heartbeat

    Those with a history of heart rhythm problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

  • Myasthenia gravis

    Myasthenia gravis

  • Abnormal heartbeat

    QT prolongation

    ...and 4 more risk factors

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