Levaquin side effects


Levaquin side effects : a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is used treat infections such as pneumonia; chronic bronchitis; and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, and skin infections. Levofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It works by eliminating bacteria that cause infections. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

Levaquin side effects and interactions

If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

For patients with an abnormally slow heartbeat, Levofloxacin may increase your risk of experiencing a fast, slow or irregular heartbeat.

If you are taking aluminum, calcium or magnesium containing antacids, iron supplements, sucralfate, or zinc, do not take them at the same time that you take this medicine. It is best to take these medicines at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking levofloxacin. These medicines may keep levofloxacin from working properly.

Some people who take levofloxacin may become more sensitive to sunlight than they are normally. Exposure to sunlight, even for brief periods of time, may cause severe sunburn or skin rash, redness, itching, or discoloration. When you begin taking this medicine:

Stay out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., if possible. Wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses. Apply a sun block product that has a skin protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Some patients may require a product with a higher SPF number, especially if they have a fair complexion. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional. Do not use a sun lamp or tanning bed or booth. If you have a severe reaction from the sun, check with your doctor.

If you get a skin rash or other signs of an allergic reaction, stop taking levofloxacin and check with your doctor.

Levaquin side effects may cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert. If these Levaquin side effects are especially bothersome, check with your doctor.

Levaquin side effects may also cause pain, inflammation, or rupture of a tendon. If you experience these symptoms in your hands, shoulders, or calves, stop taking levofloxacin and check with your doctor right away. Refrain from exercise until your doctor says otherwise.

For diabetic patients taking insulin or diabetes medicine by mouth: Levaquin side effects may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in some patients. Symptoms of low blood sugar must be treated before they lead to unconsciousness (passing out).

Different people may feel different symptoms of low blood sugar. If you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, stop taking levofloxacin and check with your doctor right away:

If the Levaquin side effects trigger low blood sugar, you may experience the following symptoms: Anxious feeling, behavior change similar to being drunk, blurred vision, cold sweats, confusion, cool pale skin, difficulty in concentrating, drowsiness, excessive hunger, headache, nausea, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, shakiness, unusual tiredness or weakness.

For patients with low potassium levels: Levaquin may increase your risk of experiencing a fast, slow or irregular heartbeat.

Observed Levaquin side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Levaquin side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rarely Observed

Skin rash, itching, or redness; Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain (severe); abdominal tenderness; agitation; blisters; confusion; diarrhea (watery and severe) which may also be bloody; fever ; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); pain, inflammation, or swelling in calves of legs, shoulders, or hands; psychosis ; sensation of skin burning; redness and swelling of skin; trembling.

Other Levaquin side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Less Commonly Observed

Abdominal or stomach pain or discomfort; change in sense of taste; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; lightheadedness ; nausea; nervousness; trouble in sleeping; vaginal itching and discharge; vomiting.

After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following Levaquin side effects: Abdominal or stomach cramps and pain (severe); abdominal tenderness; diarrhea (watery and severe) which may also be bloody; fever.

Other Levaquin side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor : Difficult breathing ; sharp drop in blood pressure; hives; abnormal brain wave patterns; blurred vision; coma; confusion; black, tarry stools; sore throat; swollen glands; unusual bleeding or bruising; blistering, peeling, loosening of skin; itching; joint or muscle pain; bleeding gums; dark urine; fatigue; general body swelling; failure of the heart, lungs, kidneys and/or liver; increased bleeding time; diarrhea; red skin; fast, irregular heartbeat.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)


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