Levaquin (levofloxacin) is in a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones.
Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate. It is also used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax or plague. To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of levofloxacin and other antibacterial drugs, It should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.
You may not be able to use Levaquin if you have a muscle disorder. Tell your physician if you have a history of myasthenia gravis.
Levaquin may cause swelling or tearing of a tendon (the fiber that connects bones to muscles in the body), especially in the Achilles’ tendon of the heel. This effect may be more likely to occur if you are over 60, if you take steroid medication, or if you have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.
Discontinue taking Levaquin (levofloxacin) and call your physician immediately if you have sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, or movement problems in any of your joints. Rest the affected joint until you receive medical intervention or instructions.
More frequent side effects include insomnia and diarrhea.
The usual dose of LEVAQUIN® Tablets or Oral Solution is 250 mg