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Old 03-12-2015, 10:04 AM
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A couple weeks ago, I had a pretty bad case of Bronchitis. The Doc prescribed a ten day dose of Levaquin and a cough suppressant. On the tenth day, we got about 12 inches of snow. That night, I had a pretty bad pain in my upper stomach. I thought I had pulled a muscle from shoveling snow. 3 days later, it was worse, the kind of pain you can't sleep with, and I had vomited pretty much straight acid the night before, accompanied by a head ache. I decided I'd better to go see my Doctor.

Heart rate and temp were normal, but blood pressure was pretty high. Blood and urine samples checked out ok, with he exception of high liver enzymes. Had an ultra sound done, no gall stones, everything looks normal. Hepatitis tests came back negative.

Now, I have no appetite, limited bowel movements, no energy, and borderline excruciating pain in the area of my liver. I've only managed about 2-3 hours of sleep per night for the last 5 or 6 nights.

Doc prescribed a pain med, prescription strength antacid, and something for nausea. I'm supposed to go back next week for another liver enzyme check. Outside of that, they don't know what to do.

Before this, I was perfectly healthy. Not on medication for anything. The moral of this is think long and hard about taking Levaquin, or the generic Levofloxacin. I'd gladly trade the Bronchitis for this. This stuff is only supposed to happen to 1% or less, but Good Lord, I pity you if you find yourself in that 1%.........
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Find another doc, the drug may have caused side effects.
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Adverse effects[edit]
Most adverse reactions are mild to moderate; however, sometimes serious adverse effects occur. There is some disagreement in the medical literature regarding whether and to what extent levofloxacin and other fluoroquinolones produce serious adverse effects more frequently than other broad spectrum antibacterial drugs.[36][37][38][39]

In pooled results from 7537 patients exposed to levofloxcacin in 29 clinical trials, 4.3% discontinued treatment due to adverse drug reactions. The most common adverse reactions leading to discontinuation were gastrointestinal, including nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Overall, 7% of patients experienced nausea, 6% headache, 5% diarrhea, 4% insomnia, along with other adverse reactions experienced at lower rates.[40]

Sounds like you're a grand prize winner!!!!

When your system does a purge of the drug, you should get to feeling better. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
Find another doc, the drug may have caused side effects.
It obviously has, but, it doesn't seem there is anything they can do. I guess there's no antidote, outside of trying to treat the new symptoms.


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Sounds like you're a grand prize winner!!!!

When your system does a purge of the drug, you should get to feeling better. Good luck!
Lucky me, huh?
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I was diagnosed with high cholesterol in 2007. The doctor put me on Simvastatin (SP?). A few weeks into the pharmaceuticals I felt like jello. Everything in my musculoskeletal system hurt to the extreme. I work moving heavy stuff I was rendered useless. I thought I was dying. I did a google search of the crap and found "that in RARE cases extreme muscular pain, blah, blah, blah......" I stopped taking the junk against the advice of my (then) doctor and changed my diet (mostly vegetarian and lots of fish) and my cholesterol is back to normal.

When you see all of these drugs advertised on television and they rattle out the side effects it's amazing that the product can and possibly will do more damage than good. So why take them ?

Wifey and I were watching a show last night and a "woman's product" was advertised. Something for menopausal dryness/ painful intercourse. The side effects they listed were insane. We both were astounded at the possible damage, cancer, etc. it may or will cause.

Taking medication is like investing in the stock market. Do your D/D before you take the crap. Know what you're getting yourself into and the possible downside(s). Your life depends on it.

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Great, tomorrow I have to go to the Dr. for my...Bronchitis
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I FIsh, as I well know life can change for the worse very quickly by losing your health. Try this for me before you take any more meds. Eat Activia yogurt 2 times a day for a week. The antibiotic killed all the good bacteria in your gut and that will effect every organ in your body. Please, just try it, it may fix you. I still have some pain in my gut but the difference is night and day. I honestly thought my pancreas was going to burst and I stayed doubled over for a month. The Activia replenishes the good bacteria in your gut. It's a real simple thing to do and I encourage you to try this no matter what before you take any more actions. Activia is concentrated probiotics yogurt made especially just to replace bad bacteria with good. Please, just try it. You can thank me in a week or two.
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Try this for me before you take any more meds. Eat Activia yogurt 2 times a day for a week.
Thanks, and, that's what I've been doing, although not the Activa brand, just plain yogurt. Also, I've been taking a double dose of milk thistle and turmeric, of course, none of this was suggested by the doc. I have taken the acid reducer a couple of times, as Tums doesn't touch it. Also, I think the oxycodone they gave me makes the pain worse, it just stops me from caring.
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Everyone is different. Levaquin is my go to antibiotic because of allergy to penicillin. I have zero side effects from it.

I have seen many others complain of serious side effect. There is even one of those lawyer commercial on TV looking to collect on levaquin cases like yours.

I'm sure the side effects will slowly go away. Levaquin stays in your system for a while after stopping. It's why the duration of the script is only 5-7 days.

Hope you feel better soon!
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Everyone is different. Levaquin is my go to antibiotic because of allergy to penicillin. I have zero side effects from it.

I have seen many others complain of serious side effect. There is even one of those lawyer commercial on TV looking to collect on levaquin cases like yours.
This is the 3rd or 4th time I've taken it over the years. Never before have I had it cause anything like this. Right now, I've got 5 or 6 side effects going on, and I see no mention of high blood pressure on the list, albeit it's probably a product/symptom of the pain and lack of sleep

I'm not much on suing people, but, damn. You'd think if they can come up with an antidote for heroin, they could come up with something for this, other than see your doctor about it. The doctors seem just a clueless as to what to do as I. I've been researching it on the web, and there really seems to be nothing. So far, they've done everything they are supposed to, but, from what I can gather, they have no real guidance from the manufacturer.

The only thing I have learned is it's not quite clear why Doctor's are using such high powered drugs. From reading, it sounds like using Floruo antibiotics for things like bronchitis is like using a F-18 to shoot rabbits. Tremendous overkill.
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Originally Posted by I Fish 2 View Post
Thanks, and, that's what I've been doing, although not the Activa brand, just plain yogurt. Also, I've been taking a double dose of milk thistle and turmeric, of course, none of this was suggested by the doc. I have taken the acid reducer a couple of times, as Tums doesn't touch it. Also, I think the oxycodone they gave me makes the pain worse, it just stops me from caring.
TRY ACTIVIA (developed just for replacing good bacteria). Yogurt has like 1% of the good bacteria that ACTIVIA has. Plus use align probiotic pills.
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Originally Posted by Bugbuster View Post
TRY ACTIVIA (developed just for replacing good bacteria). Yogurt has like 1% of the good bacteria that ACTIVIA has. Plus use align probiotic pills.
Personally, I can't stand yogurt, no problem. My doc told me to take Probiotic when taking any antibiotic, makes a big difference in how I feel. Probiotic should be taken with antibiotics even when the antibiotic is well tolerated.

BTW, I managed to go most of my lifetime w/o taking antibiotics (this is a good thing) untill I developed chronic sinus infection. This past fall I had bronchitis, Levaquin/Levofloxacin was prescribed. Luckily, I didn't have any adverse reaction like I did to some others.

Having said that, I doubt that Probiotic would make any difference with the liver problems.
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Old post but heed the last paragraph. Levoflaxacin can be bad stuff. Gave me Achilles Tendonitis and more. Prescribed for Bronchitis.
I too would have rather just fought the Bronchitis. Google it..

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A couple weeks ago, I had a pretty bad case of Bronchitis. The Doc prescribed a ten day dose of Levaquin and a cough suppressant. On the tenth day, we got about 12 inches of snow. That night, I had a pretty bad pain in my upper stomach. I thought I had pulled a muscle from shoveling snow. 3 days later, it was worse, the kind of pain you can't sleep with, and I had vomited pretty much straight acid the night before, accompanied by a head ache. I decided I'd better to go see my Doctor.

Heart rate and temp were normal, but blood pressure was pretty high. Blood and urine samples checked out ok, with he exception of high liver enzymes. Had an ultra sound done, no gall stones, everything looks normal. Hepatitis tests came back negative.

Now, I have no appetite, limited bowel movements, no energy, and borderline excruciating pain in the area of my liver. I've only managed about 2-3 hours of sleep per night for the last 5 or 6 nights.

Doc prescribed a pain med, prescription strength antacid, and something for nausea. I'm supposed to go back next week for another liver enzyme check. Outside of that, they don't know what to do.

Before this, I was perfectly healthy. Not on medication for anything. The moral of this is think long and hard about taking Levaquin, or the generic Levofloxacin. I'd gladly trade the Bronchitis for this. This stuff is only supposed to happen to 1% or less, but Good Lord, I pity you if you find yourself in that 1%.........
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May be time for a new doctor as Schmaltz~Herring mentioned. Fluoroquinolones , including Levaquin, are only indicated in bacterial bronchitis when no other antibiotics are suitable to treat that problem. There are multiple black box warnings mandated by the FDA with this class of antibiotics. Also quinolone, as well as other antibiotics are often prescribed for conditions which do not warrant any antibiotics at all, including viral bronchitis, and bacterial bronchitis caused by an organism which would respond to other effective, but safer, antibiotic alternatives. The cough associated with an acute bronchitis can last several weeks, so a cough of more Ethan one week's duration is not an indicator for a bacterial infection. Sputum color is also not useful in determining if your bronchitis is bacterial or viral. Bacteria bronchitis probably accounts for less than 5% of all cases of bronchitis.
That being said, it can be difficult to distinguish between bacterial and non-bacterial bronchitis. But if your doctor chose Levaquin as the first antibiotic for this episode of bronchitis refer back to the first sentence of this post.
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Sore gums. Yea, so sore I was down to only liquids. It was a cholesterol lowering med and only 1% showed this adverse reaction. I told my cardio doc (I happened to have a well check-up appointment) that I quit taking the med account of it. She says "Oh yea, I had a dentist call me about a patient with sore gums yesterday on the same med." It was like a 1% reaction.
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As said before the antibiotic disrupts the digestive bacteria and can cause many of these symptoms. My doc suggested the probiotic Align. It is a six week course of a capsule a day. It really worked for me. It is available in most pharmacies and the best prices I have seen is Sam’s or Costco. No script needed.
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Several times now I have taken levaquin for as long as six weeks at a time.
750mg once a day. Prostate infections
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just fyi, feeling pain in the area of your liver, does not mean that is where the pain is coming from

internal pain is way different from external pain

has to do with nerves

it could very well be something other than your liver

how much acid reducer are you taking? which one? one in the AM an hour before food and one before bed?

did anyone do a pancreas enzyme panel?

ekg?

if you go to the ER, they can give you a cocktail of 6+ things, i think 3 oral, 3 IV, and that will rule out gastro as the cocktail numbs/treats pretty much anything gastro. you can probably also experiment yourself if you can get someone to write you a Rx and find a pharmacy to make the solution.

also i dont think yogurt is enough. i'd be taking a higher strength probiotic...

edit: i see this thread is four years old. how does one even come across/decide to post in a thread that is this old???????? Did OP ever figure out what the problem was?
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Old post but heed the last paragraph. Levoflaxacin can be bad stuff. Gave me Achilles Tendonitis and more. Prescribed for Bronchitis.
I too would have rather just fought the Bronchitis. Google it..

I took that med once and I thought I was going to die. That shit gave me the weirdest out of body experiences when I would fall asleep. Would also make me sweat and be cold at the same time. I stopped taking it after 2 days. Never again.
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Everyone reacts differently. Levaquin is the one antibiotc that I have zero side effects from. Unfortunately docs are more reluctant to prescribe it because it is so powerful. So I end up with something like doxy which tears me up inside!

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