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Levofloxacin is a prescription drug used for treating certain types of bacterial infections. It can also be given for the prevention of certain infections. The antibiotic works by interfering with topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase, enzymes that are crucial for bacteria to multiply. Levofloxacin is usually taken once a day and comes in tablet, liquid, and injectable form.

What Is Levofloxacin?

Levofloxacin (Levaquin®) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat a variety of different infections. It is also approved to prevent infection after exposure to inhaled anthrax and to prevent or treat plague.
(Click Levofloxacin Uses for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with levofloxacin. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Serious side effects are less common. Some of the common side effects include, but are not limited to:
(Click Levofloxacin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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