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Unread 04-11-2008, 04:14 PM
Levaquin side effects?

Yesterday, my doctor prescribed the antibiotic Levaquin for a nasty UTI. The nurse told me that it's a strong medicine and that it should knock it out for good. I took a dose yesterday and today.

Since I had never heard of it, I Googled "levaquin" and found some disturbing information about side effects associated with it. I've read numerous posts on the subject from various drug info. sites, and I can't determine if they are all hypochondriacs or if they are really experiencing painful and potentially permanent side effects from Levaquin. Some even call it "poison."

I have really come to respect the opinions of the ladies on this site, so I would love some feedback from you.

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Unread 04-11-2008, 05:08 PM
Levaquin side effects?

Hi Becca,
I also was prescribed levaquin 3 days after my TVH for a UTI . I took a seven day dose and during the time I stayed sick on my stomach, and the dr also prescribed 2 doses of a pill(sorry forgot the name), to take in case of a yeast infection. Ask your dr about that because mine said that levaquin causes yeast infections. She also prescribed it because during my surgery apparently one of the tools used burnt me on the outside on my labia.OUCH!!!! and i had to keep silver nitrate on it for about 5 weeks until it healed.She sais that levaquin is used for that also.anyways i hope you feel better soon and keep up your spirit.
Unread 04-11-2008, 07:16 PM
Levaquin side effects?

I've had Levaquin in the past and also 7 weeks post-op for a UTI...it also gave me a yeast infection that I had to get Diflucan (2 pills) for. It does cause upset stomach, dizziness, diarrhea and nausea. I'm allergic to Penicillian and Sulfa drugs so there is not much there I can take....since it is a 7 day treatment with Levaquin, i just suffer with the other symptoms....it does work....and I havn't had any lasting or permanant disabling side effect from taking it.
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Unread 04-11-2008, 08:28 PM
Levaquin side effects?

I had Levaquin also as like the above poster I am allergic to Sulfa & penicillan. It also gave me an upset stomach and a yeast infection but other than that no lasting affects. BTW - I was also on clindimyacin at the same time so I had two antibiotics together also.

Good luck,

Unread 04-11-2008, 10:11 PM
Levaquin side effects?

My dr. prescribed it post-op for 5 days as a preventative. I was feeling pretty dizzy and nauseated and wondered why until I googled the drug and saw the side effects!
Unread 04-12-2008, 05:58 AM
Levaquin side effects?

I've taken it is the past and have never had any issues with it. I was on it for a week before surgery for a UTI and was fine.
Unread 04-13-2008, 08:32 AM
Levaquin side effects?

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your experiences with me. I have taken Levaquin for 3 days now and have not experienced any side effects. Long term effects still concern me, but I'll ask my doctor about his opinion when I see him in a few weeks. I'm just going to take my chances with the drug. It is wiping out my UTI and I can pee much better. I still experience painful and uncomfortable spasms towards the end, but not at the beginning or during like I did before taking the Levaquin. Now I'm just looking forward to the joy of a yeast infection due to my body being flooded with antibiotics!!!!!
Unread 04-13-2008, 09:57 AM
Levaquin side effects?

I have taken a lot of high-dose Levaquin over the years. It is best to take it after food so yuor stomach is not empty. Also, as with any antibicotic it kills both good and bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria it may cause an imbalance in your stomach and set you up for stomach pains, nausea and loose bowels.

The drug stores sells probiotics which you can take at the same time as the antibiotic. The probiotic helps restore the good bacteria in your stomach. It does not interfere with the antibiotic.

I learned this trick through one of my Drs. at Mayo Clinic.

Good luck!
Unread 04-13-2008, 10:01 AM
Levaquin side effects?

Thanks for the advice, Mercredi! Do you think that the probiotics will also stave off a yeast infection?
Unread 04-14-2008, 09:31 AM
Levaquin side effects?

Perhaps it will stave off a yeast infection. They tell me that is the purpose of taking them.

Supposedly the yet infection happens when your bacterial system is out of whack.

Good luck!

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