Levaquin - Levofloxacin

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Levaquin (levofloxacin), a member of the quinolone group of antibiotics, is a synthetic broad spectrum antibiotic indicated for the treatment of a wide range of bacterial infections affecting the lungs, skin and urinary tract. Levaquin works by killing bacteria or severely limiting their growth, which allows the body to properly fight an infection. The medication will not, however, work on virus infections. Available in tablet and injection form, Levaquin was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. Levaquin is available by prescription only and is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals.

Although not all users will experience these symptoms, side effects of Levaquin use include stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, change in sense of taste, constipation, severe joint and muscle pain, anxiety and insomnia. In July 2008, the U.S. FDA instructed Ortho-McNeil to place a black box warning on the insert for Levaquin to advise consumers of the risks and side effects of the drug.

As with most quinolones, Levaquin use has been linked to tendon ruptures during and after therapy. The danger of ruptures, reported frequently in the Achilles tendon and shoulder tendons, is considered even greater when combined with steroid medications such as asthma drugs. Patients should be aware that drugs in the quinolone class of medications may cause adverse events involving the digestive system, central nervous system (CNS) and the skin.

See Also

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks: Overview
  3. Balance Problems: Overview
  4. Diarrhea: Overview
  5. Fatigue: Overview
  6. Headaches
  7. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  8. Severe Constipation: Overview
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