Review: could Levaquin cause Clostridium Difficile Colitis?


Clostridium difficile colitis is found among people who take Levaquin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Flagyl, and have Multiple myeloma . We study 36,977 people who have side effects while taking Levaquin from FDA and social media. Among them, 155 have Clostridium difficile colitis. Find out below who they are, when they have Clostridium difficile colitis and more.

Personalized health information

On eHealthMe you can find out what patients like me (same gender, age) reported their drugs and conditions on FDA and social media since 1977. Our tools are free and anonymous. 86 million people have used us. 300+ peer-reviewed medical journals have referenced our original studies. Start now >>>


Levaquin has active ingredients of levofloxacin. It is often used in sinusitis. (latest outcomes from Levaquin 38,194 users)

Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Clostridium difficile colitis (inflammation of colon by clostridium difficile bacteria infection) has been reported by people with multiple myeloma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain, multiple sclerosis (latest reports from 6,129 Clostridium difficile colitis patients).

On Oct, 21, 2016

36,977 people reported to have side effects when taking Levaquin.
Among them, 155 people (0.42%) have Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Levaquin cause Clostridium difficile colitis?

Time on Levaquin when people have Clostridium Difficile Colitis *:

  • < 1 month: 100 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Clostridium Difficile Colitis when taking Levaquin *:

  • female: 59.73 %
  • male: 40.27 %

Age of people who have Clostridium Difficile Colitis when taking Levaquin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 2.48 %
  • 30-39: 1.65 %
  • 40-49: 14.05 %
  • 50-59: 28.1 %
  • 60+: 53.72 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Multiple Myeloma (24 people, 15.48%)
  • Pain (23 people, 14.84%)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (19 people, 12.26%)
  • Hypertension (19 people, 12.26%)
  • Insomnia (13 people, 8.39%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Flagyl (50 people, 32.26%)
  • Zometa (45 people, 29.03%)
  • Protonix (45 people, 29.03%)
  • Lisinopril (42 people, 27.10%)
  • Aredia (39 people, 25.16%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Pneumonia (50 people, 32.26%)
  • Pain (45 people, 29.03%)
  • Anaemia (45 people, 29.03%)
  • Back Pain (43 people, 27.74%)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (39 people, 25.16%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

How to use the study: print a copy of the study and bring it to your health teams to ensure drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

Do you have Clostridium difficile colitis when taking Levaquin?

Browse all side effects of Levaquin

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Drugs that are associated with Clostridium difficile colitis

Clostridium difficile colitis

Could your condition cause Clostridium difficile colitis

Clostridium difficile colitis

Related studies

Can you answer these questions?

More questions for: Levaquin, Clostridium difficile colitis

You may be interested in these reviews

More reviews for: Levaquin, Clostridium difficile colitis

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients and brand name. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are NOT considered.

WARNING: Please DO NOT STOP MEDICATIONS without first consulting a physician since doing so could be hazardous to your health.

DISCLAIMER: All material available on is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. All information is observation-only, and has not been supported by scientific studies or clinical trials unless otherwise stated. Different individuals may respond to medication in different ways. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. The use of the eHealthMe site and its content is at your own risk.

You may report adverse side effects to the FDA at or 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

If you use this eHealthMe study on publication, please acknowledge it with a citation: study title, URL, accessed date.