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Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic that is often prescribed to treat various bacterial infections. It is also approved to prevent infection after exposure to inhaled anthrax, and to prevent and treat plague. Before you start taking Levaquin, dangers associated with the medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider.
Talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medication if you have seizures or epilepsy, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or low potassium levels in the blood, as Levaquin could cause problems in people with these conditions. Since Levaquin can potentially interact with a number of other medicines, it is also important to tell your healthcare provider about all other drugs you are currently taking.
As with any drug, side effects are possible with Levaquin. Common problems that have been reported with this medicine include nausea, headaches, and diarrhea. In most cases, side effects of Levaquin aren't dangerous and do not require medical attention. However, you should contact your healthcare provider if you experience watery or bloody diarrhea, joint or muscle problems, anxiety, or fainting.
(Click Levaquin Side Effects and Levaquin Warnings and Precautions for more information about the potential dangers of Levaquin, to learn about other possible side effects, and to find out what else you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)