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Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic commonly prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections. It can also be used to prevent infection after exposure to inhaled anthrax in adults and children. It is also approved to prevent and treat plague. Before you start taking Levaquin, drug information should be discussed with your healthcare provider in order to help minimize risks.
Levaquin is typically taken once a day. It can be taken at any time of the day, as long as you take it at the same time each day. You should finish your entire prescription, even if you start to feel better. Stopping Levaquin too early increases the risk of developing an antibiotic-resistant infection.
Since this drug is not suitable for everyone and may cause problems in people with certain medical conditions, it is important to talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Levaquin if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Had a heart, liver, or lung transplant
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the arteries of the brain)
  • Low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalemia)
  • Any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
(Click Levaquin for more information about the prescription drug Levaquin, including details about the potential side effects, various forms and strengths, dosing guidelines, and warnings.)
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