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Levofloxacin: Oral tablet

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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7293
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7292
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7291
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7293
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc.
Pill Identification: RDY  |  281
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7292
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc.
Pill Identification: RDY  |  280
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc.
Pill Identification: RDY  |  279
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7293
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Torrent Pharma, Inc
Pill Identification: 1082  |  250
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Torrent Pharma, Inc
Pill Identification: 83 
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Pill Identification: T  |  11
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: L022 
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7291
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: L023 
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7292
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ 985 
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
Pill Identification: T  |  13
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
Pill Identification: T  |  12
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ 986 
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
Pill Identification: T  |  11
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ 987 
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc
Pill Identification: ZC56 
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: T  |  12
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: T  |  13
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Greenstone Ltd
Pill Identification: T  |  11
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
New Horizon Rx Group, LLC
Pill Identification: 83 
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: TEVA  |  7293
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Lupin Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: L022 
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Levofloxacin 250mg Tablet
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: RDY  |  279
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: RDY  |  280
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: RDY  |  281
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Lupin Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: L023 
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Levofloxacin 750mg Tablet
Torrent Pharma, Inc
Pill Identification: 1084  |  750
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Levofloxacin 500mg Tablet
Boca Pharmacal Inc a Qualitest Company
Pill Identification: 0140  |  500
How This Drug Works
Quinolones
Quinolones are antibiotics that treat a variety of bacterial infections by blocking enzymes so bacteria cannot multiply and cause an infection.
Infections occur when large amounts of bacteria sneak past the body&#39;s natural defenses and multiply. Quinolones are antibiotics that treat a variety of bacterial infections. <br><br>When an infection occurs within the body, bacteria multiply quickly and release chemicals that build up and lead to illness and, in severe cases, death .All of the genetic material that drives the bacteria to multiply is contained in the bacteria&#39;s nucleus. <br><br>Quinolones easily enter bacteria cells through small holes allowing them to access the nucleus. Two specific enzymes are needed by bacteria to copy its DNA and create more bacteria. Quinolones block both types of enzymes so the bacteria&#39;s DNA cannot be copied. If bacteria cannot be copied, they cannot multiply and cause an infection.
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LEVOFLOXACIN (lee voe FLOX a sin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.


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Previous Class name
Class Name : Ophthalmological Anti-infectives

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Levofloxacin: Oral tablet
Usage by Gender
57.44%
42.56%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
1.5%
15.58%
34.83%
48.09%
In-Depth Information on This Drug
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Patient Experiences with Levofloxacin

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Average Scores
Easy to Take: 3.8 / 5
Works as Intended: 3.8 / 5
Tolerable: 3.8 / 5

Side effects still lingering
This drug worked great at clearing up an ear infection that had been plaguing me. However, I developed Achilles Tendonitis in both feet. This is still bothering me a year later.My pharmacist has labeled this drug as harmful to me as it will take a lot for me to use this again,
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
May 27, 2017
From: putnam, CT
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree


cleared up the cough with painful side effects
cleared up the cough in 72 hours, however on day 6 of taking this medicine I started experiencing pain in my muscles and tendons....most painful in achiles. glad the script is only for 10 days and I hope it wears off fast!
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 1
CVS Customer
March 26, 2017
From: anderson, IN
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Not Sure


worked as intended but bad side effects
I will not take this again. I had a severe side effect of tendonitis up and down my arms. After 50 days of taking this drug, I am still feeling pain in my arms when I get dressed, reach, sleep on my side, etc. I hope someday it will subside.
Helpful: 6
Unhelpful: 1
Anonymous
February 21, 2017
From: Stillwater, OK
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Good
Your information regarding this drug is excellent. I used it to verify what I was telling a patient about foods to avoid while in levaquin. I also showed the patient how to access this site. Thank you!
Helpful: 4
Unhelpful: 0
Anonymous
January 08, 2017
From: Moreno Valley, CA
Age: 65-74
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Agree


Cough cleared after use with this and prednisone
My tendons ached and still ache. Tendons in my back was the location of my most severe pain. Chiropractor stated it was not joint or muscle, so there was very little he could do for me.
Helpful: 3
Unhelpful: 2
Rae
December 01, 2016
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


works as intended
drug worked as intended. Only side affect was a regular case of Insomnia at bedtime. Tried a sleeping aid and it gave me minor relief.
Helpful: 7
Unhelpful: 1
Anonymous
June 19, 2016
From: san Francisco, CA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Aleergic Reaction
At first I felt little ants crawling all over my body then my skin became red with hives.
Helpful: 7
Unhelpful: 1
CVS Customer
May 14, 2016
From: Miami, FL
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Severe stomach pain!
Worked great on pneumonia and cough which really improved at 48 hrs exactly. Loss of appetite and then day three the stomach pain was gut wrenching followed by severe diarrhea and nausea and vomiting. No marking from cvs to take without food but not that I'm eating anyway. The stomach pain is just horrendous.
Helpful: 5
Unhelpful: 0
Anonymous
March 01, 2016
From: Boston, MA
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Achilles Tendonitis
9 days after taking a 10 day course of treatment 500mg developed sudden onset of Achilles tendonitis. This is a well documented side effect and the condition can be permanent leading to ruptured tendon. There were no warning issued by the doctor, no were there any special instructions attached to the prescription. In early 2015 a Black Box warning was issued for this medication explicitly naming Achilles tendonitis as a side effect
Helpful: 15
Unhelpful: 1
Anonymous
September 07, 2015
From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Disagree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


worked well
got major improvements after 2 days, with no side effects
Helpful: 5
Unhelpful: 3
mac
April 04, 2015
From: valley, AL
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Hives
I took this drug twice and both times I ended up with Hives on the 2nd day. Thought it was a fluk the first time... now I know not to take it again.
Helpful: 5
Unhelpful: 1
CVS Customer
November 03, 2014
From: smyrna, GA
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Not Sure
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Disagree


Positional Vertigo
I took Levaquin for 10 days for pneumonia which improved then had 2 weeks of severe Positional vertigo which may be a side effect...
Helpful: 2
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
October 23, 2014
From: North Port, FL
Age: 65-74
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Agree


3YR
I HAVE TAKEN THIS DRUG 3 YEARS WITH NO SIDE AFFECTS SO FAR SO GOOD..
Helpful: 4
Unhelpful: 1
Sir Eric
July 19, 2014
From: Wooster, OH
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Disagree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Horrible!!!
This drug may be effective, however it made me feel worse after taking it to the point I skipped the last day. Extreme headache, dizziness and nausea. I have made a note on my doctor's and pharmacist's charts to NEVER prescribe this for me again!!!
Helpful: 11
Unhelpful: 1
CVS Customer
April 15, 2014
From: Marietta, GA
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Strongly Disagree
Works as Intended: Not Sure
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Side effects
It caused nausea with vomiting, headache, and my skin felt like it was sunburned. It felt like I had a high fever because my skin felt so hot on the inside (normal temperature). I did not notice any improvement in my pneumonia after four days.
Helpful: 3
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
April 14, 2014
From: Albany, NY
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree


Terrible
I had a terrible reaction with levofloxacin. Metal taste in my mouth, loss of appetite, dropped my kidney function down to 19.....
Helpful: 13
Unhelpful: 0
CVS Customer
February 12, 2014
From: Eustis, FL
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet
Easy to Take: Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Disagree
Tolerable: Strongly Disagree