Back in May I had a 10 day course of levaquin for a severe respiratory infection. I know Levaquin can cause immediate tendon issues, but I was sick enough that I didn't care. I watched out for them and I didn't get them. But two months after I took it, I had sudden severe bodywide joint/muscle pain. I literally woke up one morning feeling like I'd been run over by a steam roller... Anti-inflammatory meds help, but in three months there's been very little improvement. The meds are covering it up, not making it better. Could this be anything to do with the levaquin, or is it just a coincidence?
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I think from May to Oct that only a dr could tell what's happening. When i took the other antibiotic that can cause tendon damage, i felt it when i took the medicine & then it stopped. You could be different. Ibuprofen& the like do reduce inflammation.Sine it has been so long andcwith no improvement i would go to dr sothat i could have exam, lab work etc& see if you have another infection. I hope that you dont suffer any longer! God bless you!
Last edited by gmak; 10-15-2012 at 05:28 PM.
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Hi, I took levaquin with predisone twice and took a delayed reaction 4 months later.
First time I took a frozen shoulder which after 2 years has never healed.. second time I also felt like a steam roller ran over me. A severe delayed reaction is what it is called. I took it with predisone which is even worse. It has been 9 months now since my reaction and I am still in severe non stop pain with new symptons.
I think if you are younger your chances of improving may be better. I have never been in so much pain in my entire life.
Last edited by moderator2; 01-31-2013 at 05:11 PM.
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These antibiotics are synthetic neurotoxic chemotheraputic agents, please go to the thread : shoulder tendonitis from antibiotic, for more information from me on these extremely dangerous drugs ,
The insidious way that these drugs work includes the fact that the severe adverse affects are often delayed for months.
The most comprehensive advice on these antibiotics , in my opinion is an article known as " THE FLOX REPORT ", all info is in one place and it will save you hours trawling the internet.(It is rather long , so may take some time to plough through, may be better for you to dip in and out of depending on what you need at that time.), It Also includes numerous peer reviewed articles.
I thoroughly recommend it.
Please note that NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen SHOULD NEVER BE PRESCRIBED at the same time as fluoroquinolone antibiotics, they are contraindicated .
This is because It enhances the neurotoxic effects of these drugs, this among other risks to the CNS lowers the seizure threshold, it can induce convulsions particularly if you are susceptible to them.
This risk is known to continue for some time after taking fluoroquinolones, and it is advised that NSAIDS should be avoided for months after the course of antibiotics has been completed .
The concurrent use of Steroids is also not advisable .