It is now possible to buy Levaquin (levofloxacin) in generic form. However, the intravenous (IV) form of Levaquin is still sold in brand-name form only. Although the FDA considers all generic forms of this medicine equivalent to brand-name Levaquin, generic medications are allowed to contain different inactive ingredients, such as dyes, that may cause problems for people with certain sensitivities.
Can I Buy Generic Levaquin?
Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is a prescription antibiotic medication used to treat a variety of different infections. It belongs to a group of medications known as fluoroquinolones, or simply "quinolones" for short. It is a powerful "broad spectrum" antibiotic that is taken just once a day.
Brand-name Levaquin is made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. However, the first patent for Levaquin has expired, and the medication is now available in generic form.
Availability of Generic LevaquinGeneric Levaquin is available in the following strengths and forms:
- Levofloxacin 250 mg tablets
- Levofloxacin 500 mg tablets
- Levofloxacin 750 mg tablets
- Levofloxacin 25 mg per mL oral solution.
The intravenous (IV) form of Levaquin is not yet available in generic form.
Several different manufacturers are making generic versions of this popular antibiotic, such as:
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
- Greenstone Laboratories.
Is Generic Levofloxacin as Good as Levaquin?
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
Certain ratings mean that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. For example, all of the generic versions of levofloxacin currently available have an "AA," "AB," or "AT" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Levaquin.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.