Compare Avelox vs. Levaquin

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

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Avelox (moxifloxacin)

Prescription only

Levaquin (levofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Avelox (moxifloxacin) effectively treats different types of bacterial infections, but is more expensive than its alternatives.

Treats bacterial infections.

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

3.3/ 5 average rating with 90 reviewsforLevaquin
Upsides
  • Available as a generic medicine.
  • Treats a variety of bacterial infections.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Might be a good treatment option for people with kidney problems.
  • Needs to be taken only once a day.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • People with diabetes need to check their blood sugar levels regularly while taking Avelox (moxifloxacin).
  • Cannot be taken at the same time as antacids or vitamins.
  • Avelox (moxifloxacin) can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a rash.
  • Relatively more expensive compared to similar alternatives.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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90 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
31%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Stomach pain
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
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The Levaquin (levofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Tendon rupture and inflammation
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Those with a history of myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Effects on heartbeat
    • Those with a history of heart rhythm problems
    • Taking other medicines that also affect your heart rhythm
    • Those with liver problems
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  • Tendon rupture and inflammation
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Those with a history of myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Changes in mood and behavior
    • Those with a history of depression
  • Effects on heartbeat
    • Those with a history of heart rhythm problems
    • Taking other medicines that also affect your heart rhythm
    • Older people
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