What is Levaquin?
Levaquin refers to a drug used for treating bacterial infections on the skin, kidneys, prostate, bladder or sinuses. Levaquin also treats bacterial infections that lead to pneumonia and bronchitis and is also used for treating exposure to plaque and anthrax. Before using Levaquin, it is important to let the doctor know whether a patient has suffered from myasthenia gravis before. This drug may not be used by patients who have experienced muscle disorder as well. Patients experience allergic reaction to levofloxacin or any other fluoroquinolones should not be prescribed to take Levaquin.
Side Effects of Levaquin
Levaquin can lead to tearing or swelling of tendons, which are fibers connecting the muscles to bones within the body. This is common on the Achilles tendon found on the heel. This side effect is more common among patients who are aged 60 years and above, in patients who are on steroid medication or those that have had a lung, heart or kidney transplant. If a patient taking Levaquin experiences sudden pain, bruising, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, or difficulty in movement, he or she should stop the medication immediately and rest the affected joint till they get medical care.
Important Information for Your Doctor
To ensure that a Levaquin prescription is safe, patients should let their doctors know of any underlying conditions that relate to heart rhythm disorder, particularly where they take medication to address it. Patients should also disclose information relating to family or personal history of QT syndrome (Long), arthritis, tendon or other problems in joints, nerve or muscle disorders, kidney or liver disease, as well as epilepsy or seizures. Patients should also inform the doctor if they have diabetic conditions, particularly where they take oral medication or use insulin, have low potassium levels in blood, are using blood thinners or have histories of brain tumor or head injury and if they are allergic to antibiotics.