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Old 02-23-2005, 12:12 AM   #5
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Re: Recovering from lung infection...

If the antibiotic course doesn't seem to be clearing it and you're not feeling better, maybe you might want to ask about a culture and sensitivity test, which tests the bugs you're growing in your chest against certain antibiotics to see what kills them.

It takes some time to come back (I think around a week) but it can help guide the physician to pick an antibiotic that he knows works on what you're growing instead of just using another shot-in-the-dark drug when his first shot-in-the-dark drug wasn't working.

This isn't to say levaquin is a bad antibiotic or your doctor's a moron, it's just that this testing costs money and isn't routinely done when it's suspected that the bug is something common, that levaquin will probably kill.