Levaquin

Brand Name : Levaquin, Levaquin Leva-Pak

Generic Name : Levofloxacin

What is Levaquin?

Levaquin is in a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (flor-o-KWIN-o-lones). Levaquin fights bacteria in the body.

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Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and infections of the prostate.

Important Information About Levaquin

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Levaquin or similar antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), and others. Before taking Levaquin, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia), or a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome."

Take Levaquin with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day to prevent crystals from forming in the urine. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as watery diarrhea, seizure, unusual thoughts or behavior, fast or pounding heartbeats, fainting, sudden pain or swelling near your joints, urinating less than usual, dark colored urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), or a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash. Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Levaquin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Avoid taking antacids, sucralfate (Carafate), didanosine (Videx), or vitamin or mineral supplements within 2 hours before or after you take Levaquin. These other medicines can make Levaquin much less effective when taken at the same time.