- Levaquin is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. It is used to treat a number of bacterial infections, including those of the skin, bladder, prostate, kidneys and sinuses. Levaquin is also often used to treat infections causing bronchitis and pneumonia. Levaquin has also been used to treat individuals who have been exposed to anthrax.
Common Side Effects
- Levaquin is considered well tolerated by patients. In a clinical trial of 490 people, Drugs.com states that only 6.7 percent reported adverse reactions. According to Drugs.com, Levaquin may cause the following common and less serious side effects: nausea, constipation, anxiousness or depression, headache, dizziness, muscle pain, insomnia, mild itching, and vaginal itching or discharge. Although these side effects are more common and less serious, if one or several persist, seek medical attention, as it may signify a more serious problem.
Serious Side Effects
- Serious side effects of using Levaquin include severe allergic reaction (including swelling of the face or throat), fainting, pounding heart, painful joints, confusion or hallucination, pale skin, irregular urination, numbness in hands or feet, easy bleeding or bruising, severe skin irritation and severe depression. Although these side effects are less common, if any arise, seek immediate medical attention.
- Levaquin should be taken exactly as prescribed to you by your doctor. Make sure to follow closely the dosage and duration of the medication. Be sure to consume a large glass of water with the tablets as well as several glasses during the day to keep hydrated. Levaquin in tablet form may be taken with or without food, but the liquid solution of Levaquin should always be taken on an empty stomach. It is important to continue using the medication for the entire length of the prescription because although the medication may clear the symptoms of the infection rather quickly, the actual infection may not be completely cleared.
- Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds, as Levaquin can increase the skin's sensitivity to light. Because Levaquin can impair the ability to think clearly, be extremely careful when attempting to drive.