What is Levofloxacin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Levaquin

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Levofloxacin is effective against a number of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Because of its broad spectrum of action, levofloxacin is frequently prescribed for a wide range of infections (e.g. pneumonia, urinary tract infection) before the specific causal organism is known.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pneumonia 36 20
Urinary tract infection 21 13
Bronchitis 11 9
Sinus infection (sinusitis) 5 3
Bladder problems 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 10
Moderate 9
Mild 15
None 45

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levofloxacin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 6
Nausea 4
Hives (urticaria) 2
Arthralgia 1
Digestive problems 1
Dry mouth 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levofloxacin

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 1
500 mg/100 mL daily 1
750 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Levofloxacin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 86
Doctor's advice 11
Side effects too severe 9
Did not seem to work 8
Other 6
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Duration

Currently taking Levofloxacin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Levofloxacin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 85
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 72
Usually 3
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 7
< $25 20
Not specified 48

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levofloxacin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 3
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 2
Cephalexin (Keflex) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Rifampin 1

Patients stopped taking Levofloxacin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) 1
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 1
Estradiol topical (Estrace Vaginal Cream) 1
Minocycline (Minocin) 1

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13 patient evaluations for Levofloxacin

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea during and after eating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 4, 2015 (Started Aug 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bronchitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pneumonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinus infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: About 2 -3 days after stopping, the symptoms came back.

Aug 30, 2014 (Started Aug 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have had this antibiotic in both IV and pill (oral) form. Obviously it is more effective, more quickly in the IV form, but either way, it seems to work well for me. I am guesstimating the IV dosage.

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 20, 2014 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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