Levaquin

(levofloxacin)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 90 reviewsforLevaquin
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Treats bacterial infections.

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

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Quick facts about Levaquin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levofloxacin)

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.
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People’s experience with Levaquin

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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.
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How it works

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

Quick facts about Levaquin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levofloxacin)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Levaquin (levofloxacin) for Bacterial infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Inflammation of tendons
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Inability to sleep
  • Dizziness
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Side effect rates for Levaquin (levofloxacin)

Risks and Warnings for Levaquin (levofloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants

    Levaquin (levofloxacin) can cause the tendons in your body to swell up and rupture. If you experience swelling, pain or inflammation in your joints or muscles while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away and you will likely be switched to a different treatment option. This problem with your tendons can happen as quickly as within hours of taking the first dose up to several months after stopping the medicine. People with a history of tendon disorders should avoid taking Levaquin (levofloxacin).

    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

Pharmacist Q&A

Levaquin (levofloxacin) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats complicated and uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats complicated and uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections.

Common concerns from people taking Levaquin (levofloxacin)

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Food
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Levaquinon 3/21/2017Take w/food and at same time every day for best results. Set an alarm on your phone.
    56
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Bacterial sinusitis
Pain
  • Not worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed LevaquinThis horrible medication has left me with severe tendonitis and joint pain in my achilles heel, right shoulder and neck. Very dangerous drug.
    58
    Woman
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Levaquinon 6/14/2017Be aware that what one might think may be normal aches and pains from prolonged antibiotic use and a large infection may be a side effect of this medication
    30
    Woman
    A couple weeks
    Bacterial sinusitis