What You Need to Know About Levaquin's Indications

How Does It Work?

Levaquin belongs to a group of medications known as fluoroquinolones, sometimes known just as "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).

Levaquin Use in Children

Levaquin is approved only for children who have been exposed to anthrax or for treating or preventing plague in children; it is not approved for use in children for any other condition. Studies have shown that Levaquin can cause muscle or joint problems in children. For plague or anthrax, Levaquin is approved for use in children as young as six months of age.

Off-Label Levaquin Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Levaquin for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. The medication is frequently used off-label to treat many other types of infections, particularly if they are caused by bacteria that are susceptible to Levaquin. Also, using Levaquin to prevent (instead of treat) any type of infection other than anthrax or plague is considered to be an off-label Levaquin use.
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