What is LEVAQUIN?
LEVAQUIN is a quinolone antibiotic used to treat lung, sinus, skin, and
urinary tract infections caused by certain germs called bacteria. LEVAQUIN
kills many of the types of bacteria that can infect the lungs, sinuses,
skin, and urinary tract and has shown in a large number of clinical trials
to be safe and effective for the treatment of bacterial infections.
Sometimes viruses rather than bacteria may infect the lungs and sinuses
(for example, the common cold). LEVAQUIN, like other antibiotics, does not
You should contact your healthcare professional if you think that your
condition is not improving while taking LEVAQUIN. LEVAQUIN Tablets are
terra cotta pink for the 250 mg tablet, peach colored for the 500 mg
tablet, or white for the 750 mg tablet.
How and when should I take LEVAQUIN?
LEVAQUIN should be taken once a day for 3, 7, 10, 14, or 28 days depending
on your prescription. It should be swallowed and may be taken with or
without food. Try to take the tablet at the same time each day and drink
You may begin to feel better quickly; however, in order to make sure that
all bacteria are killed, you should complete the full course of
medication. Do not take more than the prescribed dose of LEVAQUIN, even if
you missed a dose by mistake. You should not take a double dose.
Who should not take LEVAQUIN?
You should not take LEVAQUIN if you ever had a severe allergic reaction to
any of the group of antibiotics known as "quinolones," such as
ciprofloxacin. Serious and occasionally fatal allergic reactions have been
reported in patients receiving therapy with quinolones, including
If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant while taking
LEVAQUIN, talk to your healthcare professional before taking this
medication. LEVAQUIN is not recommended for use during pregnancy or
nursing, as the effects on the unborn child or nursing infant are unknown.
LEVAQUIN is not recommended for children.
What are the possible side effects of LEVAQUIN?
LEVAQUIN is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects caused
by LEVAQUIN, which are usually mild, include nausea, diarrhea, itching,
abdominal pain, dizziness, flatulence, rash and vaginitis in women.
You should be careful about driving or operating machinery until you are
sure LEVAQUIN is not causing dizziness.
Allergic reactions have been reported in patients receiving quinolones
including LEVAQUIN, even after just one dose. If you develop hives, skin
rash or other symptoms of an allergic reaction, you should stop taking
this medication and call your healthcare professional.
Ruptures of the shoulder, hand, or Achilles tendons have been reported in
patients receiving quinolones, including LEVAQUIN. If you develop pain,
swelling, or rupture of a tendon you should stop taking LEVAQUIN and
contact your healthcare professional.
Some quinolone antibiotics have been associated with the development of
phototoxicity ("sunburns" and "blistering sunburns") following exposure to
sunlight or other sources of ultraviolet light such as artificial
ultraviolet light used in tanning salons. LEVAQUIN has been infrequently
associated with phototoxicity. You should avoid excessive exposure to
sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light while you are taking LEVAQUIN.
If you have diabetes and you develop a hypoglycemic reaction while on
LEVAQUIN, you should stop taking LEVAQUIN and call your healthcare
Convulsions have been reported in patients receiving quinolone antibiotics
including LEVAQUIN. If you have experienced convulsions in the past, be
sure to let your physician know that you have a history of convulsions.
Quinolones, including LEVAQUIN, may also cause central nervous system
stimulation which may lead to tremors, restlessness, anxiety,
lightheadedness, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, depression,
nightmares, insomnia, and rarely, suicidal thoughts or acts.
If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this web site or you have
concerns about the side effects you are experiencing, please inform your
What about other medicines I am taking?
Taking warfarin (Coumadin) and LEVAQUIN together can further predispose
you to the development of bleeding problems. If you take warfarin, be sure
to tell your healthcare professional.
Many antacids and multivitamins may interfere with the absorption of
LEVAQUIN and may prevent it from working properly. You should take
LEVAQUIN either 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking these products.
It is important to let your healthcare professional know all of the
medicines you are using.
Take your dose of LEVAQUIN once a day.
Complete the course of medication even if you are feeling better.
Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
This information does not take the place of discussions with your health
care professional or healthcare professional about your medical condition
or your treatment.