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Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a part of the quinolone group of antibiotics.   It is suggested for the treatment of a broad range of bacterial infections affecting the lungs, skin and urinary tract. Levaquin functions by killing bacteria or severely preventing their growth, which allows the body to correctly battle an infection. However, the drug will not work on virus infections. Levaquin is available in tablet and injection form by prescription only, and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996.   Levaquin is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals.

While not all users will experience these symptoms, side effects of Levaquin use include, but may not be limited to, abdominal or stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, change in sense of taste, constipation, severe joint and muscle pain, anxiety and insomnia.

As with nearly all quinolones, Levaquin use has been connected to tendon ruptures during and after therapy. The chance of ruptures, reported frequently in the Achilles tendon and shoulder tendons, is considered even greater when combined with steroid medications such as asthma drugs. Patients should be aware that drugs in the quinolone class of medications may cause adverse events involving the digestive system, central nervous system (CNS) and the skin.