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    Old 10-20-2006, 01:58 PM   #1
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    Unhappy help please

    Hey all I am new to this board! I have been on allegra for almost a year now. I love it and it has worked. I am 24 and this is the second time I have had allergies. First was when i was 10 and had heat rashes but it went away.

    My allergies are being congested, runny nose, feeling like im on a boat (sometimes) and of course NASAL DRIP. I dont get the itchy eyes.

    I have been getting quite sick this month and went to see my doctor. He told me it was my allergies. I then went to my allergist on monday. New guy, he's alright. I told him I have been extremely weak, dizzy and felt like I have the flu. Plus I wanted to know if my job had anything to do with it. I work in a school in a portable with loads of dust and mold.

    He switched me off of allegra and put me on Astelin and said I had a sinus infection so I needed to go on Levaquin (3rd time this year). Well I did the Astelin and Levaquin and I was super hyper and didnt sleep at all. I called the allergist and he said it was the Astelin. To not do the 2 sprays. Next day only did the 2 sprays in the morning and then the levaquin. Again got super hyper and slept maybe 2 hours. On wednesday I was so frustrated that I called and he told me to stop taking the astelin and keep up with the levaquin. I read about the levaquin and it does say that it can cause restlessness and stuff, but I never had a reaction to it before. I also read and called my pharmacist about the astelin and he said it more than likely was the Astelin becuase some people react to it differently. He also said that I should do the Levaquin in the morning and not in the middle of the day, that way it has a longer time in my body as I am up. Haven't taken either medication in 2 days. I was able to sleep last night but have been very cautious of the antibiotic. I feel real frustrated!!

    Has anyone have any positive stories on levaquin?? Should I be concerned? I know this is the third time i am taking it but I just have mixed emotions.

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    Old 10-20-2006, 03:48 PM   #2
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    You really need to finish the Leviquin. it is one of the strongest antibiotics available and if your infection becomes resistant to it, you could really be SOL.

    Don't panic that you didn't take it for a few days. The medicine is still in your system. But you need to start it and finish right away.

    I would guess your restlessness is related to the fact you aren't taking your Allegra. Even though it is non-drowsy, it still has a bit of a sedative effect. The same thing happens to me if I forget to take my Zyrtec, I can't sleep. Personally, I would start taking it again. Some doctors want you to stop it because it can be drying and thicken the mucus, making it harder to drain. My doctor just tells me to drink plenty of water.

     
    Old 10-20-2006, 06:57 PM   #3
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    thank you!! yeah i might take it and see. im so annoyed with all the drama of these allergies!!

     
    Old 10-21-2006, 07:03 AM   #4
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    I was given Levaquin for 20 days in December of 2004. In short, it destroyed my life. Severe, disabling tendon and muscle damage, fatigue, anxiety, nerve damage, dry eyes, depersonalization, intense muscle spasms. I could go on. Insomnia and restlessness, like you mentioned, as well.

    Nearly two years later, and my life is nothing compared to what it was. Haven't been able to walk for more than a few minutes at a time since January of 2005, even with months of physical therapy (that I can hardly do). I would give nearly anything to be able to go back and never take that drug.

    Side effects from drugs in this class, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, can appear for weeks and months after a person has stopped taking them; they can also be permanent. If you do decide to take this drug, monitor your health closely for at least 6 months after you stop it. Just because you've taken it before does not preclude you from having a reaction to drugs in this class. Many people take them repeatedly without issue and then end up injured; it seems that most people have a limit to what their body can handle throughout their lifetimes.

    There is a whole lot of information out there on these drugs, and even more victims. Please research something before you put it in your body. I wish someone had told me all this two years ago.

    Please take care.

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    Old 10-21-2006, 08:31 AM   #5
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    thanks Floxed.
    yea i read up on it and i have decided to not take it. I dont want to really endager my self. I would rather just take my regular Allegra, Saline spray, Flonase and my gargle with salt water. I am in no mood to continue that antibiotic. I would rather just try to deal with it or get another opinion.

    thanks for your comment I appreciate it. I only took it 2 days and I havent taken it again for 3 days so hopefully it is out of my system. =)

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    Old 10-23-2006, 02:55 AM   #6
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    I have to say it: "Whew!" Unless you're dying, there are dozens of safer (and just as effective) antibiotics out there besides the fluoroquinolones.

    Like I said in my last post though, please monitor how you feel over the next few months, look for any abnormal joint fatigue, wear or pain; buzzing, tingling or numb sensations; abnormal states of mind (depersonalization is pretty common); and basically all of the side-effects listed in the full prescribing information. Much of the internal damage caused by these drugs can take a long time to fully manifest as symptoms. The effects of taking them again are cumulative as well.

    I hope you never have to deal with any of that, but trust me, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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    Old 02-10-2008, 10:38 AM   #7
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    Floxed, I hope you will be on here again. I really want to ask you questions about side effects from antibiotics. I have a chronic allergy sufferer. I have spent my whole life dealing with it. I have had allergy shots, allegra, sudefed, nasal sprays the whole nine yards. I have had at least 2 sinus infections a year and been on numerous antibiotics. I have always been a very healthy girl except for this. Two years ago I developed hypothyroidism so I am dealing with that too. But I have noticed a couple times of the years I am getting strange body sensations. It is happening again right now. I have some tingling with little needle like ***** sensations that happen anywhere on my body. But the most annoying one is muscle t*****ing in all parts of the body just randomly happening. I notice it more when trying to go to sleep, waking up or just sitting still watching TV. I happen to have just taken a Z Pak for a sinus infection and that didn't work so the doc put me on Bactrim. I only took 5 of the 10 days prescribed. The side effects where getting to me and quite honestly the t*****ing started after I was on the antibiotics a few days. Right after the Z pak and going into the Bactrim. I find this very odd. Why now? People and some doctors try to pass it off and say oh it's nothing, antibiotics are perfectly safe. Yet there are all these warnings on the label that say differently. I am scared that I may have some bad neurological disease that can never be cured.

    I just wanted to know what all your symptoms where or are and what the doctor told you and how you are dealing with it. If anyone else wants to say anything that would be great. Thanks!!

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    Old 02-12-2008, 10:01 PM   #8
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    I just happened to read your message and when I read that you had tingling sensation, thought I should tell you about my own experience. I had tingling and to cut a long story short, it was caused by my thyroid being off. If your thyroid is off, it can raise all sorts of trouble with you, so please do me a favor and go have it tested. It can be tested through a blood sample. If it off, it can effect your mind, your nerves, your balance and the list goes on and on.

     
    Old 02-15-2008, 06:55 PM   #9
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    Hi Danabarb! I agree with you! The first thing I thought of was that my thyroid is off. But since it was normal two months ago my doc refuses to test me again this soon. So we checked calcium levels and mine is too low which is known to cause muscle twitches so I started on calcium tablets yesterday and will stay on them from here on out. I hope this takes care of some of the annoying issues at this time, I tell ya the thyroid being off can cause all kinds of havic! Ugh!

     
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    What do you mean your dr. will not test your thyroid again? How come he can call the shots or it is your insurance that will not allow the testing. I was fine one month and then, whamoo, my health went to hell due to my thryoid. Do you have to go to this dr.?
    Good luck and don't let the medical profession push you around!!

     
    Old 03-07-2008, 07:55 AM   #11
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    Hi everyone,
    Let me tell you my story of levaquin.... I took it several times,- 1st time rapid heartbeat ended up in ER. 2nd time talked me into trying it again, by 5th day severe muscle spasms, generalized weakness, anxiety, apathy, rapid heartbeat- dr. said NOT from the drug. This past time samed things have happened and my husband and I talked and we linked all these things together.... I will NEVER take this drug again unless I am dying. Everyone reacts differently to all meds., this one is NOT for me.

     
    Old 03-14-2008, 01:53 PM   #12
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    A pulmonary specialist put my wife on Levaquin a couple of years ago. After the first day she began to experience severe pain in her ankles. It was a weekend, and she could not reach him to complain. On monday she was advised to stop.
    She still has pain occassionally, where there was none before.

    The State of Illinois petitioned the US Attorney General to have it removed from the market due to patients who experienced severed tendons and other problems.

    Bad news, Levaquin. (From her experience)

     
    Old 03-14-2008, 02:33 PM   #13
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    Re: Levaquin Antibiotic and Astelin

    I don't want to diminish the negative experiences people have experienced when taking Levaquin because everyone reacts to drugs differently. I do think we have to be aware that the vast majority of people - myself included - take Levaquin and other drugs with no side effects or issues, but people rarely post about it when something works as it is supposed to.

    I have taken Levaquin at least a half dozen times, for as long as a month, with no side effects or problems. It works extremely well with no side effects for me. Other people have had different experiences, but please be aware that all meds can cause side effects and different people react differently.

     
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