Levaquin for Children

Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of various bacterial infections. For children six months of age and up, it is approved only for preventing anthrax (after exposure) or for treating or preventing plague; the drug is not approved for use in children for any other condition. Studies on using Levaquin for children have shown that the medication can cause muscle or joint problems.
When giving children Levaquin, the dosage will be based on several factors, such as age and weight, existing medical conditions, and other medications the child is taking (including nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements).
Levaquin comes as tablets, an oral solution (liquid), and injections. It is usually taken once a day. Make sure to finish your prescription, even if you start to feel better. Stopping the medicine too soon could lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
(Click What Is Levaquin Used For? and Levaquin Dosage for more information on using Levaquin for children. These articles also discuss specific Levaquin uses and cover some general dosing guidelines.)
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