Levaquin is a prescription antibiotic used for the treatment of bacteria-induced infections of the bladder, sinuses, skin, kidneys, as well as bronchitis and pneumonia. Levaquin is also prescribed to people exposed to anthrax. One of the side effects reported by patients taking this medicine is sunlight sensitivity. While taking this drug avoid staying outside for a long time or being exposed to sun lamps or direct sunlight. If you have to spend a lot of time outside as part of your job, for instance, make sure you wear protective clothing and apply sun screen with minimum SPF 15. If you are allergic to Levaquin or any other fluoroquinolones (norfloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin it is not recommended to take this medicine.
A serious but rare side effect that has been reported by people older than 60, those taking steroids or with a history of kidney or heart transplant is tearing of the tendon. Tendon is a cord or band of white inelastic collagenous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone or some other part. If you feel sudden pain in your joints, swelling, tenderness or problems with movement contact your doctor as soon as possible to prevent the situation from worsening. Do not share this drug with another person to whom it was not prescribed even if you think he or she has exactly the same symptoms as you do.
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