What Is Levaquin Used to Treat?

Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is used to treat a wide variety of infections in adults, including:
 
The medication is also approved to prevent infection after exposure to inhaled anthrax in adults and children. In addition, it can be used to prevent and treat plague in adults and children.
 
Levaquin is used to treat the infections listed here only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Levaquin in certain parts of the country but not in others.
 
This drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses such as the common cold or the flu.
 
Occasionally, 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 it. Using the antibiotic to prevent instead of treat any type of infection other than anthrax is considered an off-label Levaquin use.
 
(Click What Is Levaquin Used For? for more information on conditions this drug can treat, how the medication works, and using this drug in children.)
 
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