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Average Rating: 1.7 (1930 Ratings)

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 3  Cellulitis Although it cleared the infection, I had a headache, earache and extreme swelling all over my body. I was so uncomfortable, I had to stop taking the med. More than 24 hours after stopping, the swelling is lessening but still there. F 54 8 days
500 1X D
4/17/2014
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 1  Stomach ulcer my Back, (what happened) never-have-any-back issues and every body tendon,hamstring, mucles and hip- joints HURT neck pain, diarrhea, tongue blistered w/bleeding cracks down the center of my tongue? trouble breathing, LEGs-HURT w/plantar fasciitis, headaches-Again So exhausted!! A -Runner (until the last few weeks) I Simply Can't Move!! Pain-So Much Worst in the Mornings (Crying- Becuz ?What the heck happened to me? F 49 10 days
500 2X D
4/17/2014

 1  Sinus infection Extremely bad burning in stomach, tongue blistered. Finished several days ago. I am miserable. Wonder how long it will take to get out of my system or if it has caused damage to stomach. If given a choice of dying or taking it I would just die. F 63 10 days
500 1X D
4/11/2014

 1  pneumonia Burning/tearing sensation in right hip, numbness in hands, headaches, neck pain, diarrhea, difficulty walking, trouble sleeping If I had known this medicine was going to cause me the pain it did, I would never have taken it. I felt worse after taking just 3 of the 7 pills prescribed for me. I DC'd myself since my Dr. wouldn't return my phone calls. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE, unless you want to suffer from the side effects for the rest of your life. NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!! F 47 3 days
500 mg 1X D
4/11/2014
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 1  sinusitis I had trouble breathing.. like i was suffocating. . everything felt strange... my skin felt like it was crawling. . I took benadryl after calling the physician he seemed disinterested in what I was experiencing. . I had very vivid dreams.. for next several days.. I did feel better the next day but I can not handle the panic attack that goes with this medicine. . It is a very real and scary feeling when you can't breathe. . 40 1 days
500 MG
4/6/2014

 1  Sinus infection Paranoia, tendon pain, malaise, depression, anxiety, muscle aches. This is the only medication I tell my doctor that I am allergic too. Sometimes they look at me a little funny so I wonder if it's well known in the healthcare community how dangerous this drug is. This drug should be banned forever and all people ever prescribed it compensation for misery and painful experiences. I suppose if it winds up saving a life down the road, OK...but it seems like more harm than good. M 40 3 days
500 2X D
4/3/2014

 1  my mom was taking levaquin in 2009. My mom was taking levaquin in 2009 ut mad her very sick she lost six pints blood in hospital they gave her six units blood they said they didn't know where the six pints went to. in 2010 she got pnemonia they gave her levaquin again she said she was scared of it didn't want to take it anymore. but she had to take it she called my grandma that night said she didn't feel good she was going to lay down but she told my grandma if anything happens to her she said its cause of this medicine and she's made things right with the lord. and well we all got a huge shock the next morning when we were told my mom passed away she was 57 years old M 43 1 days
4/2/2014

 1  Infection Tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, headache, earache, joint pains, unable to concentrate, insomnia, stomach upset, floaters. I lost This is the worst drug ever manufactured, I can't believe the FDA approved it and that my doctor prescribed it when I am 68 years old and have psoriatic arthritis and asthma. I lost my ability to do my job and had to go on disability. F 68 4 days
500 1X D
4/1/2014
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 1  Infection Do not take this unless you are going to die anyway- Tendon issues 11 weeks out- in wheelchair- can't walk- doctors have no treatment and look at you like you are crazy- take something else! Seen 7 doctors- specialists w/ medical school- no treatment- just pain killers- This will also fry your pituitary gland- can cause retina issues- DANGER DANGER DANGER DON'T TAKE IT M 49 1 days
750 1X D
3/31/2014

 1  skin was not healing from stitches I was in a wheel chair for 2 1/2 years then crutches for 2 years to present. Still on crutches and am totally disabled due to severe pain in both Achilles tendons, hamstring tendon and hip flexor tendon. NEVER take this unless it is really a life or death situation. F 50 7 days
1X D
3/30/2014

 1  sinus infection severe exhaustion; mental + bodily fatigue; soreness in body; burning warm sensation in body; fear_anxiety attacks; pain in ankles, elbows, wrists, knees, hips; muscular pain; sense of tearing or burning in joints; couldn't walk for 2 weeks, had to crawl around apartment; depression; mental fog. the drs have all been in denial about the symptoms; all have said i will get better + acted surprised i was not well as a result of taking the drug. 5 months later: joint + muscular pain; intense fatigue; exhaustion; depression; mental fog; tendinitis; nerve damage; sense of constant pain + burning in body; inflamed joints. i was very healthy, yoga instructor (level 3 ashtanga), high energy, positive, before this happened. do not take this drug. it is not worth the risk; every day i regret saying ok to taking this drug. F 45 2 days
500 1X D
3/27/2014

 1  Infection Tendon and joint issues- now three months out in a wheel chair from one dose. Shoulder damage- feet hurt too much to walk. Took ONE pill- The MFG will not advise or help you What helps- hot baths with epsom salts- Vitamin c - Eat foods high in boron (nuts- p-butter) Omega 3, Magnesium- HIGHLY advise taking something else. IT IS NOT WORTH IT- First three weeks very severe pain. Better now at 3 months- still can't walk- hoping for better M 48 1 days
750 1X D
3/20/2014

 1  sinusitis Tingling and coldness and numbness in my feet, which I did not at first realize was from this drug, as it was winter, and my feet are often very cold in winter. The numbness ultimately spread up my legs to my knees. I also had severe pain in my lower legs which occurred only at night and would wake me up, much more intense than a charley horse, the pain felt like it was coming from the bone itself. Numbness has progressed over the years to my hands. My symptoms continue to worsen, and I took levaquin 5 years ago, and have had other fluoroquinolones also in this time period, all prescribed by my MD who knew I had peripheral neuropathy (his term), but he never associated it with these drugs, so continued to prescribe them to me. I now can't walk distances, as my feet give out, can't drive distances without stopping, as my legs and feet fall asleep, and have tingling in my fingers, which are starting to go numb. M 58 4 days
1X D
3/11/2014

 1  Infection Snowy vision, rash, itching, joints popping I now have permanent snowy vision from this drug. I will never take it again. M 27 2 days
2X D
2/25/2014
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 1   Has Levaquin destroyed your body/health/life? You are certainly not alone! There are untold thousands of us with more people falling victim to this legal poison every single day. Please join us on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/46690244194/ Don't forget to report your adverse reaction to the FDA! This global massacre of innocent and unsuspecting individuals by J&J must STOP! File your FDA report here: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/
1X D
2/13/2014

 1  Levaquin for epdidymitis Abdominal pain jus will not go away had endoscopy and colonoscopy can't find a thing wrong with me anxiety through the roof keep thinking I'm not gonna live much longer chest is in pain rashes come and go all over body...oh and my father was taking the medicine at the exact same time as me 63 years old back pain leg pain shoulder pain M 27 5 days
2/12/2014

 5  Pneumonia I have no problems with this drug. This is the 4th time it's been prescribed for me in the last 6 years. I am thankful it clears my lung infections. F 63 5 days
500MG
2/8/2014

 1  Pneumonia Blinding pain (scale of 9-10/10) in feet, knees, thighs, hips, elbows, upper arms, shoulders, lower back. Ribs hurt like cracked them. Fingers cramp and stiffen constantly like RA. Went to ER 0230hrs on a Sunday for Pneumonia and unable to breathe fully. Given Levofloxacin in ER by IV and 750mg/day for 10 days after. Stopped at day 9 when I read the side effects on the internet. Pain was unbearable. Moving to the side of my bed to rise up on to sit on bed was excrutiating and I was certainly vocal when pain was shooting through my body. I week later after stopping, pain level has subsided somewhat, but still about a 7 on pain scale. I've gone through some unbelievable pain via skiing crashes, surgery, etc, but this was relentless, brutal, mindnumbing, pain. Knees still hurt when standing up from sitting. Takes several seconds to rise to full upright position. Sleep is unattenable since taking meds because ANY position causes pain. Bought knee braces and that helps a little. Elbow still hurts a week later. Fingers cramp for no reason. Lovely stuff. NEVER TAKING THIS AGAIN. Suggest you don't either. M 54 9 days
750mg/day 1X D
1/28/2014

 1  Sinus infection Extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, feeling depressed and like I'm going to die. This is a very powerful medication that should only be given those who are in the hospital. It did cure the sinus infection quickly but made me very ill. I'm allergic to penicilin and z-pak so the doc is running out of options but will never take this poison again! F 37 4 days
500 mg 1X D
1/26/2014
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 1  Walking Pneumonia I began taking this drug in mid December 2013. I was prescribed 7 doses, but only took 5 and stopped due to side effects. Initial side effects included diarrhea, insomnia, extreme anxiety, chest tightness and tendonitis. The insomnia was like none other I have experienced. I literally did not sleep at all and felt "wired" and anxious 24/7. After 5 days of no sleep and against doctor's wishes, I took myself off Levaquin. As the drug left my system, I began to sleep for short bits of time (20-60 minutes), waking up each time with a "jolt." It has now been 5 weeks since taking Levaquin and I still cannot sleep through the night...I get 3-5 hrs of sleep at best (and that is still in small bits). Diarrhea stopped after getting off pill, but even with massive amounts of probiotics, my system is still not back to normal. Tendonitis has improved but is still there. The chest tightness on the drug was intense and often took my breath away if I exerted myself in the I will never take this drug again! I am curious if anyone who has had the chest tightness side effect still had bouts of it weeks after taking the drug. Feel free to contact me. Thanks! F 52 5 days
500mg 1X D
1/25/2014
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 1  diverticulitis Horrible tendon and joint pain on day three after one dose. Very dangerous drug. No warning from doctor about side effects. Depressed and ill feeling over entire body. I did find from support sites on web that this is very common. Take loads of vitamin c. I am takin 2000mg a day and it does help. They also say to take magnesium but I have not done that yet. Doctors don't tell you this stuff will kill you sometimes with one dose. Stay away from this drug. M 48 1 days
750 1X D
1/16/2014

 1  Bronchitis and pneumonia Felt fine for the first couple of days then day 6 started having nausea and vomiting. Called my Dr and went off immediately. About a week later I noticed my heels where inflamed and very difficultto walk on them my right knee felt like something had popped. I went to see an ortho Dr who diagnosed me with tendenities. I still have then nauseas but I started taking magnesium to help pull the leavquin and other vitamins. Let's hope for a quick recovery. F 29 1 weeks
500
1/5/2014
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 3  Sinus 2nd dose whole body felt itchy, no rash my tongue became a bit swollen 3rd dose hot flashes (not menopausing) Severe Insomnia during treatment Felt Foggy a bit dizzy for the first few days Constipation Painful joints 1 week after treatment ended have pain in my bones pelvis area and down side of one leg not sure if related. Appetite was not affected actually felt hungrier Pain in my legs is starting to worry me it gets worse when I sit for long periods of time gets better when I walk Worked well on the SInus which I had for over 3 months but I still have cough in the morning only with phelgm Wouldnt of mind taking this and feeling crappy if all my issues had been taken care of. F 48 14 days
500 1X O
12/28/2013
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 1  Pneumonia Severe dizziness, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, extreme fatigue, confusion and irritability, came really close to fainting, headache, abdominal pain and all over achiness. F 44 4 days
500 mg
12/7/2013
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 1  STD Coming up on my 4 year anniversary of my first pill, and those three pills are still the worst thing that has ever happened to me! The side effects started as waking up in the middle of the second night in a panic and racing heart. Then a few days later I was unable to walk due to pain in achilies. Next an overwhelming feelin of doom and dispair. And then the 30+ days of insomnia. Anxiety, depression, numbness/tingling on hands and feet, constant mental fog and confusion. This stuff really ruined my life for some time! Firstly DO NOT TAKE! And secondly if you have already taken this drug and are suffering, I am sorry and my heart is with you. The good news is that 4 years out from my first dose I feel 99.9% myself again (luckily). It took about 3 months for the worst of the symptoms to pass and be somewhat functional again. It took nearly a year to feel mostly better and be functional. I know that seems like along time but just be happy that there is an end (probably). I believe Jesus Christ delivered me from the pain after a pleading prayer. He is God so there is nothing he isn't bigger than. Good luck! And I will say a prayer for you right now. M 24 3 days
500 mg 1X D
11/30/2013
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 1   Have you had your life destroyed by Levaquin? If so, you are not alone! Please join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/46690244194/ We're pissed & we're not gonna take it anymore!!!
1X D
11/27/2013

 5  Sinus Infecfions I have had to take Levaquin, Cipro & Avelox. Only antibiotic that my sinus cultures that would kill my type of infections. I have not had any problems with any problems everyone has described. I have fibromyalgia & have not noticed any of the antibiotics making my fibro worse. F 52 2 weeks
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11/20/2013
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 1  Sinus Infection, Upper Respiratory Tendonitis, achy joints, exhausted The reason I'm on this site is to tell you that if you have not been taking Magnesium Citrate for your tendonitis, start now if it's medically OK for you. I had upper arm tendonits so bad I could not raise my arm. This is where I remember aching when I was on Levaquin. I rested arm for 6 mos but it was still only about 70% healted. Then I read how Mag Cit helps. After 2 months, my arm is now about 95% of what it was. I still have some elbow tendonitis that I hope goes away too. I have told every member of my family not to take this horrible drug. F 56 10 days
500 2X D
11/15/2013

 1  Cellulitis It's been over a 1 1/2 and I am still having issues because of this poison. I am much better but I'm left with tendonitis, peripheral neuropathy, crackling/popping joints and tendons, fatigue, decreased endurance and blurry vision. In the beginning I had many more issues including anxiety, cognitive skills were horrible, malnourished, and bedridden. I had an all over sick feeling like I had a constant flu. There were many others but can't think of them all. Oh I also lost vision in my left eye for a short period. Please don't ever take this drug. The problem with Levaquin and all the other Fluoroquinolones (cipro, Avelox, floxin) is that they can cause permanent damage unlike other antibiotics. If anyone has been harmed by this class of drugs please join us on facebook. Just search fluoroquinolone toxicity and you can join our group. We are also going to DC this year for the 2nd time to meet with senators and congressmen and to rally against this poison. If you are able and would like to join us in DC please join us on facebook for more info. F 44 10 days
500 1X D
11/14/2013
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 2  prostatitis I was taking Levofloxacin (same agent as Levaquin) back in 2011. Reading the informative already horrified me. I took it before sleep (as a ways to try and protect my ligaments) so I might not felt the worst of the side effects. Though I woke up in the first night in kind of a panic. I was dizzy and I couldn't feel temperature. But I managed to sleep again. In the morning my joints felt soft and powerless, walking was a strange experience. I was feeling listless the whole week, at work I was unable to defend my standpoint. Then sometimes I would erupt shouting at my kid for little or no reason. The course should have been 7 days, but when taking the 5th pill I felt mild burning in my knees I searched the net. Finding all the various horror stories made me to stop and I don't regret. A few days later I noticed that I have feelings again (I wasn't aware that they disappeared during the course). My joints felt powerless for weeks afterwards and I was still worried not to make my liga I won't take this again if I have a choice. M 33 5 days
500 1X D
11/6/2013

 1  UTI serratia marcescens Itching in throat, ears and eyes.heart pounding, chest tightness. swollen face. M 30 1 days
500 MG 1X D
11/5/2013

 1  Sinus infection Took only 2 pills 2 1/2 years ago. Since then i have had joint pain; systemic issues - CNS issues, heart palpitations and irregular heart rate, blood pressure fluctuations, tremor, visual impacts, tendon inflammation, neck pain, vertigo ... I am in pain daily. This has forever changed my life in a very sad way. I have three young children that I am unable to care for. F 42 2 days
11/2/2013

 1  sinus infection Tendonitis in heels, wrists, elbow problems requiring surgery, psychological distress, severe neck and back pain. Ten years later and many symptoms seem to be permanent. BEWARE. Not to be toyed with. M 50 14 days
500 2X D
10/19/2013

 1  upper respiratory infection Feel like I was hit by a train. Extremely achy muscles. Tendonitis in my left elbow. Unable to get out of bed in the morning. Foggy-as if I were drugged. Vision, light sensitive. Feverish, but no fever. EXTREME FATIGUE. All these effects surfaced near the end of my treatment, and have worsened since I've stopped taking Levaquin. Just started a new job, and have been unable to work. I was a healthy, normal,very active and vibrant person. I now am in fear of never feeling well again. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. There are plenty of alternatives. F 56 14 days
500mg 1X D
10/16/2013

 5  UTI I would like people to realize they can not trust what is written in Wikipedia. Anyone can change it to their thoughts and beliefs. Never ever use it for factual statements!!! F 60 1 days
500
10/10/2013

 1  uti Had to go to Er after the very first dose. Confusion,anxiety, tachycardia and severe PVCs. Feet and hands ached for two months afterward. A relative of mine became suicidal after a few doses of this drug. F 50 1 days
750 mg
10/4/2013
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 1  UTI I realize these antibiotics can cause irreversible damage and I hope all people negatively affected can fully recover. One thing I do not understand however, is that it is stated on wikipedia that fluoroquinolone side effects are "mild to moderate and self limiting". Yet there are almost 2 thousand people reviewing this drug on this site and the average rating is 1-2%. They state that the risk of achiles tendon problems are less than 0.1 percent and that achilles tendon rupture is similar to the general population. How can so many people be in pain if only 1 in 1000 are affected. Do most people have no problems at all? I am just confused about this drug, as it can cause so severe damage yet this damage appears to be very rare according to the "clinical trials". Are these trials bullshit? Or is this drug really safe according to what wikipedia says? Wish you all the best and hope you recover!!! M 25 1 days
1X D
10/3/2013

 1  Toe bone infection Severe anxiety,thoughts of death,claustrophobia,depression,crying, etc, awful drug! Awful drug! M 58 3 days
750 1X D
10/2/2013

 1  mild bladder infection Achilles tendonitis, fatigue, insomia ,bursitis in shoulders. Joint stiffness and muscle spasms and ache. Wearing air brace. Trouble walking. This is horrible med. Do NOT TAKE IT. F 64 6 days
500 mg
9/23/2013
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 4  Pneumonia Stomach upset and insomnia- but this medicine helped me get rid of pneumonia after a month of failed treatments with other medications. The side effects of this med were worth it to me, since I was finally being able to get well. F 34 6 days
500
9/18/2013

 1  UTI Avoid avoid avoid!!!! This drug ruined a year of my life! The adverse effects mostly went away in about three months, but it seems some may stay for life and it has been 4 years since my last pill! M 24 3 days
500 mg 1X D
9/11/2013

 1  staph infection from hand operation Horrible tendon pain achilles, shoulders, back of leg 10 months later I am still in pain. What an awful drug. It should be used only as a last resort, if at all F 68 11 days
750 1X D
9/6/2013

 1  In NH Couldnt walk anymore. Tendon severed, joint pain It is poison. After 6yrs I still ache all the time and have joint and tendon pain so bad I dont sleep F 45 3 days
1X D
8/29/2013
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 1  it was prescribed for a bladder/UTI This is horrible. Ive been on it almost 4 days and I have never felt this bad. I cant hear well, my knees hurt, my ankles hurt, my head is killing me, my back hurts so bad I cant sit or stand more than a few minutes, all I do is sleep. I spent 2 days confused, unstable while walking, abnormal sweating and very weak. This drug should NOT be on the market. Its dangerous. I am currently waiting tilk its out of ny system b4 I start a new antibiotic. The detoxification is just as bad as taking the pill. I Am disguted with Johnson and Johnson. Do not use this drug. The side effects are serious and not worth all the pain abd suffering. There has to be a better way F 33 4 days
250mg 2x d
8/2/2013
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 1  Bladder Infection I was prescribed Levaquin for a bladder infection. I immediately noticed a HUGE surge of anxiety after my first dose, but didn't connect the dots. Now, over a month since I took it, I am having awful pain in my back and in my joints. My hands and feet are pins and needles almost constantly. (I'm 21 years old, and NOT diabetic) DO NOT DO NOT take this, I will tell anyone who will listen...please...unless it is life-threatening, do not take this drug. According to research, Levaquin is only supposed to be used in dire circumstances, not for simple things like bladder/UTI/sinus stuff. Some people aren't affected at all, but those who are, its really bad. I would strongly urge you to do your research first, and NOT take this. Please do not. It has really derailed my life so far. F 21 5 days
500mg 1X D
8/1/2013

 1  Severe Bronchitis After the 6th day, both my knees were swollen but the right knee was terribly swollen and my calf and ankle are swollen as well. Fatigue, depression, helplessness, loss of concentration ....all symptons. I called my doctor and she said she doubted it was from the Levaquin but I should stop taking it...ya think? I hate this medicine and someone should really force this crap off the market. F 58 7 days
500mg 1X D
7/31/2013
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 1  suspected sinus infection Almost 5 years ago, still disabled, heart, brain, tendon, muscle damage Please if you are a victim of Levaquin, please join the facebook page, The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group, great support, doctors are clueless how to help, support group is priceless... F 68 14 days
IV 500mg 1X D
7/30/2013

 1  Sepsis Infection This drug has rendered me disabled. I was given Levaquin in the hospital for a sepsis infection in addition to hydrocortisone for adrenal failure. This was 10 months ago. I have had crippling tendonitis, nerve, and muscle pain ever since. The condition is called fluoroquinolone toxicity and most doctors don't believe it exists. Instead, they believe the drug reps and companies who lie and say this drug is safe and adverse effects go away after discontinuing the med. Well, there are hundreds of thousands of us with this condition. It is awful poison. This drug has rendered me disabled. I was given Levaquin in the hospital for a sepsis infection in addition to hydrocortisone for adrenal failure. This was 10 months ago. I have had crippling tendonitis, nerve, and muscle pain ever since. The condition is called fluoroquinolone toxicity and most doctors don't believe it exists. Instead, they believe the drug reps and companies who lie and say this drug is safe and adverse effects go away after discontinuing the med. Well, there are hundreds of thousands of us with this condition. It is awful poison. F 43 7 days
500 2X D
7/27/2013
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 1  UTI I was first on Bactrim (a sulfa antibiotic) when I started getting an allergic reaction. Feeling of pins and needles all over my body (parenthesis) and I had a rash. Went to Urgent Care and they switched me to Levofloxacin. He also gave me Prednisone to help with the rash. Once I switched to Levofloxacin it was all downhill. Felt like my body was getting electrocuted all over and I couldn't sleep. Went to the ER and they told me to take Benydryl which just made everything worse. Anything I took would make the pins and needles worse. I stopped taking the Levofloxacin the next day and just as the parenthesis started going away I began to get a sore upper and lower back which now has turned into sore knees, feet, and hands. My muscles are achey and I'm now left wondering when these symptoms will leave. I can hardly walk. I can't keep up with my house or my 5 five year old. I'm only 28. It's hard to sleep at night and get comfortable. The one thing that helps is sitting in a warm bath tu I will never take another flouriquine drug EVER. Now that I found out I'm allergic to sulfa too I'm not sure what options I have left besides never getting sick again. F 28 1 days
750mg 1X D
7/25/2013
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 1  persistent lung infection severe joint and muscle pain especially legs. Severe sleep disturbance. Urine retention. Depression. Dizziness. Confusion. Itching. I find it hard to believe that Doctors are prescribing these drugs to patients. I am sure they must be aware of the serious side effects. Patients need to be made aware of the risks before taking them. Other than that, they should be banned. F 58 11 days
500mg 2X D
7/21/2013
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 1  Sinus Infection Both achilles tendons are painful, even to the touch. Calves are taught and sore and I am having problems making my way down stairs. Trying to be very careful when walking for fear of a rupture. F 42 10 days
500mg 1X D
7/15/2013
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 1  Colitis Terrible pain in both legs - hard time walking, can't stand long. It's been 3 years and still no relief. Had 6 mri's and they show torn muscle in calf. I will never take this medicine again. Feel like I have a cold achy feeling in lower legs. Heels are sore, ankles swollen,knees hurt. Legs are stiff. Torn tendon below knee. Definitely changed my life!! F 66 7 days
500mg 1X D
6/28/2013
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 1  UTI and ear infection I started experiencing mild pain in me knees 3 days into prescription. By the next day extremely painful walking up/down stairs. Swelling began in Rt knee and Lt elbow. By the end of script (7 days) my knee was huge extreamly painful. And pain begain in my achillies tendons. Seen doctor on day 8 due to my concerns. Was told I was having an extream allergic reaction to LEVAQUIN. Given steriod shot on the spot and a prednisone pack. And dr said he heard my heart racing when listening with stethoscope (I didn't notice). But did a heart ultrasound. Seeing heart dr. In the a.m. . Precautions due to my having lymes disease. Would NOT recomend LEVAQUIN. Please read the side effects they are terrible. 45 7 days
6/26/2013
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 3  Sinus infection, ear infection I stopped taking Levaquin after two dosages because of Hallucinations during the night time while in an in-between awake/asleep phase. Very scary. Taking Levaquin was the only variable in my routine. It was helping my sinus infection and ear infection, but I will not take a medication with such severe and scary side effects. M 40 2 days
500 1X D
6/18/2013

 4  staph infection None initially, then started experiencing weird muscle & joint aches all over my body about a month afterward. It did stop eventually. It worked where the Augmentin failed to work. I wouldn't take this for any non life threatening infection, but I had staph climbing up my arm fast - really didn't have a choice. It cleared it quick. M 51 10 days
500 1X D
6/14/2013

 1  Bronchitis and sinus congestion Insomnia both nights after taking drug. Third and fourth days (drug not taken those days) had bad neck stiffness, arthritis in my knees was badly aggravated. Appetite greatly suppressed. Constipation. Struggling through a respiratory sickness for 12 days, I visited my Dr. to make sure I did not have strep,pneumonia, or something else. Received a prescrip. for Levofloxacin 500mg one/day for 10 days. After two nights of bad sleeping, I stopped the drug. The next day I felt like I had been in a car accident, and the day after that I am still moving at the pace of a turtle--in much aching discomfort in neck, knees, upper arms, hip. I DO NOT recommend this drug. If you need an antibiotic, ask for something else. F 58 2 days
500mg 1X D
5/25/2013

 1  Stye on the eye My mama was prescribed this for a stye on her eye. She started taking it around 2/11. She took 7 pills and ended up in the ER 3 times. Her tongue was swelling and her gums were sore. She passed away on 2/22 in her sleep. I think this drug contributed to her death. She had a lot of medical issues; COPD, diabetes and high blood pressure. The doctor should have never prescribed this and the doctors at the ER should have taken this more seriously. She just turned 60 on 1/25 and not even a month later she was gone. They did not do an autopsy because her primary care physician signed off on the death certificate. I talked to her the Tuesday before she died and she said she had been having hallucinations and she was really depressed. This drug scared her and she stopped taking it but I think it had caused such a strain on her heart that she did not make it. Do not use this medicine. F 60 3 days
750MG 1X D
5/24/2013
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 5  sinusitis No problems with this medication. No need to insult me because my body did not react to it the same way that yours did. F 49
500 mg 1X D
5/15/2013


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 4   The 1st few days I had some slight arthritic pain in my knees and feet but that went away. Otherwise no other side effects. I was concerned when I read the side effects other people experienced and put off taking this rx. I finally gave in and was anxious. However I did not experience anything terribly bad at all, thank goodness. No nightmares, no long term effects and no insomnia at all. No stomach issues either and I have bad GERD. I gave this a 4 since it did not help but that might be due to the fact that my sinus congestion has nothing to do with a sinus infection which is why I initially was put on this RX so its a bit unfair to rate Levaquin's effectiveness due to a misdiagnosis. F 35 14 days
700 1X D
5/10/2013
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 1  UTI Headache, fever, nausea, joint pain, body aches, muscle cramps, nightmares and fatigue. I took this Rx approximately a year and a half ago. It immediately made me more sick than the UTI I was being treated for. When I checked side effects I had every one except tendon rupture. The nighmares were horribly violent and lasted a year. I have been dealing with extreme fatigue, brain fog and bouts of anxiety ever since. All new and unexplained since taking Levaquin. I stumbled upon a blog about this drug and found I was not alone. Levaquin has ruined my day to day well being and I feel duped by doctors. Levaquin is now listed as an allergy for me and it should be taken off the market. I just want to feel good again! F 43 5 days
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5/9/2013
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