What is Levaquin?
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic called a fluoroquinolone (flor-o-KWIN-o-lone) that fights germs in the body.
Tendon difficulties, nerve damage, significant mood or behavior disorders, and low blood sugar are all possible side effects of Levaquin.
Before taking this medicine
If you are allergic to levofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones, you should not take Levaquin (ciprofloxacin, gemifloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, and others).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
tendon problems, bone problems, arthritis, or other joint problems (especially in children); blood circulation problems, aneurysms, narrowing or hardening of the arteries; heart problems, high blood pressure; a genetic disease like Marfan syndrome or Ehler’s-Danlos syndrome; diabetes; a muscle or nerve disorder like myasthenia gravis; kidney disease seizures or epilepsy; a head injury or a concussion; a head injury or a concu (hypokalemia).
How should I take Levaquin?
Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Levaquin. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label.
Levaquin side effects
If you have symptoms of an allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction, get immediate medical attention (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).
Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
Low blood sugar symptoms include headaches, hunger, perspiration, irritability, dizziness, nausea, a racing heart, and feelings of anxiety or shakiness.
numbness, weakness, tingling, or scorching pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet;
signs of tendon rupture – sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, movement problems, or a snapping or popping sound in any of your joints; or serious mood or behavior changes – nervousness, confusion, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, memory problems, trouble concentrating, thoughts of suicide; or signs of tendon rupture – sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, movement problems, or a snapping or popping sound in any of (rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions).
Stop taking Levaquin and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe stomach pain, bloody or watery diarrhea; fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, shortness of breath, and sudden dizziness (as if you’re about to pass out); muscle weakness, breathing problems; seizure (convulsions); increased pressure inside the skull – severe headaches, ringing in your ears, dizziness, nausea, vision problems; seizure (convulsions); muscle weakness, breathing problems; seizure (con or jaundice if you have upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
nauseous, constipated, and diarrhoeic;
headaches, vertigo; or
Having difficulty sleeping
This is not an exhaustive list of potential adverse effects; more may arise. For medical advice on side effects, contact your doctor.
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