Compare Cedax vs. Levaquin

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

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Cedax (ceftibuten)

Prescription only

Levaquin (levofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Cedax (ceftibuten) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to finish the full course of treatment.

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
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available as a pill or liquid suspension.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
  • Cedax (ceftibuten) is available as a generic.
  • 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
  • Cedax (ceftibuten) can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
  • If you're on blood thinners, let your doctor know. Cedax (ceftibuten) can interact with your medicines and make you more likely to bleed.
  • If you're taking the liquid suspension and you have diabetes, you will need to watch your blood sugar closely. You must take it 2 hours before or 1 hour after a meal.
  • 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
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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90 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
31%
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Abnormal changes in kidney function
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Abrnormal changes in laboratory blood test
    3%
  • Upset stomach
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Loose stools
    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
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Cedax (ceftibuten) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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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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