Levaquin Oral

Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is a medication used for treating various types of bacterial infections. It can also be used to prevent infection in people who have been exposed to inhaled anthrax. It is also approved to prevent and treat plague. There are currently three different forms of Levaquin: oral solution, tablets, and injection.
 
The medication is usually taken once a day. It does not matter when you take Levaquin, as long as you take it at the same time each day to make sure there are approximately 24 hours between doses. Although you can take the tablets with or without food, the oral solution form of Levaquin must be taken at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.
 
Levaquin belongs to a group of medications known as fluoroquinolones, sometimes known as just "quinolones" for short. It works by interfering with two important bacterial enzymes (topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase). These enzymes are necessary for bacteria to be able to copy and repair DNA (important steps required in order for bacteria to multiply).
 
(To learn more about this medication, click Levaquin. This article covers topics such as dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and warnings and precautions.)
 
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