If allergic to penicillin can I take Levaquin?
Question posted by stgrif9 on 7 April 2012
Last updated on 1 May 2012
Yes, it is considered safe to take Levaquin if you are allergic to penicillin.
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is in a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (same class as ciprofloxacin). Levaquin fights bacteria in the body.
Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate. It is also used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax.
You may be fine, but I strongly suggest taking something else. Levaquin has been Black Boxed (severe warning) re the gross tendon problems it can cause, and I am suffering so badly with many painful symptoms from taking this medicine for only 5 days. If you have side affects, a pharmacist told me that they can remain for up to one year after beginning Levaquin. Please let me know if you are experiencing side affects. Take Care C.E.
This medication has a lot of side effects and over the counter medications i would only take it if prescribed by a doctor who knows your medical history and you should mention any other medications you are taking.
- Levaquin uses and safety info
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