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Levaquin (Levofloxacin) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Levaquin (Levofloxacin) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 12 ratings/reviews, Levaquin has an overall score of 3.75. The effectiveness score is 6.67 and the side effect score is 5. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Levaquin review by 45 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   sinus infection
Dosage & duration:   750mg 5 pack, a 2nd 5 pack was required taken once a day for the period of 5 days, 5 days off, symps. ret. 2nd pk
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I had a terrible sinus infection with bloodly and puss-y? volumous nasal discharge once every 5 minutes. Couldn't sleep much.
Side effects:   stomach slightly upset
Comments:   The first 5 pack dose was taken, on the 3rd day, discharge dramatically slowed down. After the 5th day, the symptoms had almost cleared, but not completely. Being able to breathe through both nostrils was fantastic. This drug was very expensive ($125/ pack). After the 9th day I decided to get a refill, as the discharge was returning. After completion of the second pack, symptoms cleared up. Would have been better to have a 6 pack, and I think I waited too long to purchase the second pack. I didn't like the fact that the infection started to rebuild.

 

Levaquin review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Sinus infection
Dosage & duration:   750 mg taken 1 per day for the period of 10 days
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   Multivitamin 1 daily
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Diminished sinus congestion/drainage and related cough. No hemoptysis or rust stained sputum noted after three days use of Levaquin. Throat irritation diminished third day. Increased feeling of wellbeing on third day.
Side effects:   Mild headache first three days. Increased intake of water and asprin 325 mg, one as needed seemed to help. Headache resolved third day of Levaquin use.
Comments:   Complained of sinus drainage, productive cough, rust stained sputum for two weeks. Chest xray negative to significant findings. Prescribed Levaquin 750mg, 1 by mouth per day, for 10 days. Also taking OTC Mucus Relief Sinus with guaifenesin 400mg and phenylephrine HCL 10mg as need for nasal decongestant and expectorant.

 

Levaquin review by 40 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   sinus infections
Dosage & duration:   500 MG taken 2 times a year for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The sinus infections start lightening up within one day, the pressure disappeared within two days If the antibiotics were not prescribed in a timely matter, the infection would have lasted for month. I would have lost all sense of smell and taste for a very long period of time.
Side effects:   The antibiotics created a sense of nausea throughout the day,In addition I have to take my pro biotics in order to prevent the common yeast infections that come with the antibiotics
Comments:   My sinus infections would be very intense within 1 day, the medication relieved the severe pressure within one day and cleared the infection.

 

Levaquin review by 80 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   hemorrhagic cystitis
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken daily for the period of 7days
Other conditions:   toothache, hi-bp
Other drugs taken:   sotalol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   bleeding stopped in 48hrs, severe urgency and frequency stopped in 24hrs.Urine was clear grossly not red as it was on the fist day. I didn't have to run to void after the first day. I could wait the normal time after the begining of the urge. The frequency reduced to the usual of a few times in 24 hours depending on how much I drank.
Side effects:   none noticed
Comments:   cystoscopy at 48 hours showed many mucosal bladder hemorrhages. Drank more liquids and fresh fruits, and took it easy in activities. Drank no wine, and stayed close to toilet for 24 hours!

 

Levaquin review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   cellulitis (skin infection on my leg)
Dosage & duration:   750 MG taken once a day for the period of once
Other conditions:   hypothyroidism due to thyroid removal for cancer
Other drugs taken:   synthroid, ibuprofen, xanax
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None
Side effects:   Severe dizziness and nausea
Comments:   I went to Dr because it looked like a wound on my leg from a scrap was getting infected. He prescribed Levaquin for 10 days. I only took one tablet and within 2 hours I felt very lightheaded and nauseaus. I actually had to lay down and have someone call the doctor for me. They told me to quit taking it and put me on Cefadroxil (generic for Duricef) instead. I tolerated that fine. Levaquin is a very expensive antibiotic and now I'm stuck with the cost of that. They should just give it out in 1-2 tablet doses first to see if you can tolerate it before you get a full 10 day supply.

 

Levaquin review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   sinus infection
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken 2x day for the period of 2 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   none, the sinus condition remained after a short trial of the Levaquin. I had to resort to a regular Z-pak.
Side effects:   Horrible nausea.. started almost immediately after taking the pills and would continue for a couple of hours.
Comments:   I battled a sinus infection with home remedies for two weeks. Finally gave up and went to the doc. He said to try this Levaquin as it may help specifically with the sinus infection. I took the first dosage, felt ill in ten minutes and stayed quite nauseous for two hours. I did eat cottage cheese with it. Next dose I tried eating some biscuit, but that didn't help either. Tried it with protein (meat( third dose, same results. Gave up and went back to doctor, got a zpak.

 

Levaquin review by 55 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Acute sinusitis/bronchitis
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken 1x day for the period of 10 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   vitamins ibuprofen mucinex anti depresssant
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Noticeable improvement within 24 hours. Marked improvement within three days. Cleared sinus infection and bronchitis in the ten day prescription time period.
Side effects:   Acute joint and muscle pain to the point of almost not being able to walk. In particular, ankles were so sore I could not put weight on them.
Comments:   Was given Levaquil after a Z Pac did not work.

 

Levaquin review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Pneumonia
Dosage & duration:   standard (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 3 days, had taken full course previously
Other conditions:   Multiple Sclerosis
Other drugs taken:   Provigil, synthroid, amantadine
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Respiratory symptoms markedly improved
Side effects:   My joints appeared to lock. I had difficulty ambulating and moving my arms for a few days. It was severe. I could not rise from a chair.
Comments:   About 5 years ago I had a serious recurring respiratory infection. I could not shake it, so my doctor - after using Augmentin and Septra, put me on Levaquin. The first course went well, with rapid resolution of my symptoms, but a few weeks later when the symptoms returned and I was given a second course of Levaquin, I began to have joint aches and pains which I attributed to my illness. By day 3 I could not rise from a chair. Both my mother and a close friend have had bad side effects as well. After treatment with Levaquin for 4 days, my mother began hallucinating and then had a heart attack and stroke, My friend has severe intractable pain which requires methadone for relief - after 1 course of drug.

 

Levaquin review by 80 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   bronchitis
Dosage & duration:   regular (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 5 days
Other conditions:   arthritis, decreased circulation
Other drugs taken:   darvon, vitamins, plavix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I got much better in a few days.
Side effects:   Started having hallucinations. Began to see dead people (mother, father,siblings) after a few days, couldn't move. just sat in one place staring. A neighbor finally took me to the hospital. Afterward, the doctor told me that I had had both a heart attack and a stroke as a result of the medicine.
Comments:   By day 3 on the pills I was losing touch with reality. By day 5 I was hospitalized in intensive care.

 

Levaquin review by 61 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Acute sinusitis
Dosage & duration:   200 (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 4 days
Other conditions:   Hypothyroid, RA, Hi BP, Hi Chol, Chronic Depression
Other drugs taken:   Prednisone, Plaquenil, Lisinopril, Vytorin, Synthroid, Effexor XR, Lexapro, Metropolol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Absolutely none
Side effects:   After two days on Levaquin I began to notice calf muscle and tendon issues. By day three it was becoming an issue when sitting down and getting up, to the point where I thought I might rupture the achilles tendon. I had never had any issues in my lower legs before. By day four I was having a lot of trouble walking and could only shuffle around. I stopped taking the drug and requested a different antibiotic. On reading up on it, I discovered I it should never have been prescribed for me - I am 61 years old and being treated with corticosteroids for RA. It was prescribed by the ER Physician and my Family Doctor.
Comments:   I stopped taking the drug after 4 days. It took me 6-8 weeks to be able to walk normally again. In the 3rd week we had plans to go to a wedding out of the country, and I required wheelchair assistance at the three aiports we went through to get there. I would have missed my flights if I had had to walk.

 

Levaquin review by 60 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Sinusitis
Dosage & duration:   25mg/ml (liquid) taken 4/day for the period of about 3 days
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Although I took this drug about 3 to 4 days before I realized it was making me sicker, there were no treatment benefits during the time I was on it. Actually , I started feel worse about day 3 or 4. The drug seemed to be enhancing the sinusitus symptoms!
Side effects:   The treatment side effects of Levaquin were very similar to my sinusitis symptoms, hence the fact I stayed on the drug for several days. Side effects included headache, dizziness, lightheadedness and nausea (nausea is not a symptom of sinusitus that I ever experienced before). The side effects slowly got worse the longer I took the drug.
Comments:   I asked for the drug in liquid form, as I have difficulty swallowing many pills. I took the drug as recommended, but the symptoms did not get better. As I mentioned earlier, the symptoms got worse. I called my doctor's office on the third day and was told that the symptoms I was experiencing was the infection. By day 5 I knew it was the drug, and stopped taking it. After a couple of days the nausea went away, and eventually the sinusitus infection slowly got better. I will never take Levaquin again!

 

Levaquin review by 24 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Bronchitis
Dosage & duration:   500 mg IV taken iv for the period of 1 day
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   Steroid, Theophylline
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Terrible! There are much safer alternatives than this poison. Most fluoroquinolones have been taken off the market. Johnson and Johnson should be ashamed of themselves. They have not warned doctors properly of the serious side effects eventhough the FDA has placed TWO BLACK BOX WARNINGS!
Side effects:   SEVERE shooting, burning pains in all four extremities. Prolonged heart rhythms, hallucinations, nightmares, insomnia. Weakness and pain in all four extremitities. Was a healthy 25 year old PE teacher prior to this poison. Now in a wheelchair.
Comments:   IV 500 mg Levaquin with Solumedrol and Theophylline. NEVER take these three drugs together!!!
 


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