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If you have been exposed to inhaled anthrax, your healthcare provider may give you a medication called Levaquin® (levofloxacin) to help prevent infection. The antibiotic is also commonly prescribed for the treatment of various bacterial infections. It is also approved to prevent and treat plague.
Levaquin, which belongs to a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones, works by interfering with certain bacterial enzymes that are necessary for bacteria to multiply. Most people tolerate this drug well, but potential side effects include diarrhea, headaches, and insomnia.
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