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Levaquin (levofloxacin)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Bacterial Infections 101 Quiz: Got Tummy Troubles? Slowing Hepatitis C GENERIC NAME: levofloxacinBRAND NAME: Levaquin

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

LEVAQUIN USES:

Levaquin is used to treat infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, airways, bones, and joints caused by susceptible bacteria. Levaquin also is frequently used to treat urinary infections, including those resistant to other antibiotics, as well as prostatitis (infection of the prostate). Levaquin is effective in treating infectious diarrhea caused by E. coli, Campylobacter jejuni, and Shigella bacteria. Levaquin also can be used to treat various obstetric infections, including mastitis (infection of the breast). Inhalational anthrax exposure also is treated with Levaquin.

LEVAQUIN SIDE EFFECTS:

The most frequently reported side effects of Levaquin are:

Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea Headache Constipation

Less common side effects include:

Difficulty sleeping Dizziness Abdominal pain Rash Abdominal gas Itching

Rare allergic reactions have been described are:

Hives Anaphylaxis (shock)

Possible serious side effects of Levaquin include:

Tendinitis and tendon rupture Peripheral neuropathy Central nervous system effects Hypoglycemia Hyperglycemia Worsening of myasthenia gravis Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) Abnormal heart beats Liver dysfunction Sun sensitivity

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/16/2016

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