Levofloxacin (generic for Levaquin) is an antibiotic. It is used to treat pneumonia, urinary tract infections, prostatitis, anthrax, and bubonic plague. It is in the fluoroquinolone category of antibiotics.
While levofloxacin treats a wide variety of infections, it has a high number of side effects, and carries a black box warning from the FDA highlighting these dangerous effects. Levofloxacin should therefore be used only be used when no other equally effective antibiotic is available. In particular, levofloxacin is known for causing TENDON RUPTURE, leaving people unable to walk, PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY, a type of irreversible nerve damage, and BRAIN EFFECTS (including hallucinations, anxiety, depression, headaches, and more). These reactions can occur in healthy people.
Levofloxacin, like other fluoroquinolone category antibiotics, has dangerous side effects. It can cause tears in tendons and in blood vessels, including the aorta, which could be fatal. Levofloxacin is dangerous in people who are predisposed to problems with tendons and the aorta, such as people with connective tissue disease. It is also known to cause peripheral neuropathy, central nervous system effects, severe rashes (including Stevens-Johnson syndrome), lung problems (pneumonitis), liver failure, anemia, allergic reaction, heart arrhythmias (via prolongation of the QT interval), muscle and joint problems, diarrhea (including C. difficile diarrhea), and more.
|Pneumonia||levofloxacin 750 mg by mouth every 24 hours for 5 days|
Adult doses are shown, unless otherwise specified. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines for pediatric patients.
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