Levaquin belongs to the fluoroquinolone family, a family of antibiotics used to fight off bacteria that can be found in the human body. Specifically, Levaquin is used to treat several different types of bacterial infections including bladder infections, kidney infections, sinus infections, skin infections and prostate infections. Levaquin is may sometimes be used to fight infections that can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. Levaquin has also been used to treat those who have been exposed to agents like anthrax or diseases like the plague.
What Are Common Levaquin Side Effects?
As with any medication, there are potential side effects with Levaquin that can range from mild to severe. Discuss these side effects with your doctor before you begin taking the medication so you can fully understand the potential Levaquin side effects you may face after you begin taking your prescription. It’s important to note, however, that the most common Levaquin side effects fall under the mild category, are easily manageable and are experienced by only 1% of patients who take this medication. The most common side effects of Levaquin are:
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Nervousness or a feeling of unease
- Skin sensitivity to the sun
- Vaginal discomfort or unusual vaginal discharge
While the above listed side effects are rare and are generally fairly mild, some of them may be difficult to cope with. If you are experiencing side effects of Levaquin and are unable to manage these side effects on your own, consult with your doctor or a pharmacist. There may be treatment options available or they may be able to offer you advice regarding how to cope with these side effects. There are more severe side effects you should be aware of even though these more severe side effects are less likely to occur than the more common ones we talked about a moment ago. These more severe Levaquin side effects include:
- Distorted or abnormal vision
- Pain in the joints or muscles
- Unexplained swelling in the ankles, feet or hands
- Yellow color in the skin or eyes
Although these side effects are considered more severe and will require a medical examination, they will not require emergency treatment. Schedule an appointment with your doctor for an exam and to determine your treatment options. In even rarer cases, severe side effects have occurred and these severe side effects will require immediate medical attention. These severe side effects include:
- Blisters with a fever
- Disturbances in thought pattern or confusion
- Hotness in the skin (may feel as if your skin is burning)
- Indications of an allergic reaction (swelling in the hands, feet, face, tongue or throat, skin rash, hives, labored breathing)
- Irregular heartbeat (including increased heart rate)
- Ruptured tendons due to swelling or unknown causes
- Serious skin issues including loosening of the skin, skin rash or blistering or peeling skin
- Severe diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- Severe abdominal cramping or severe abdominal pain
- Swelling in the shoulders, calves or hands.
All of the above side effects should be treated as severe, emergency side effects and steps should be taken to receive immediate, emergency care. These side effects are rare but could lead to serious complications or even life threatening conditions. If you experience any of these side effects after taking Levaquin, seek immediate, emergency medical treatment.