State or Country of residence: Southern US
Quinolone taken: Levaquin
Reason for the Quinolone: Abscess/boil
Was a safer antibiotic tried first? : No
How long did you take the Quinolone for? : 5 days
How long ago did you take the Quinolone?: 8/15/04
How much have you recovered as of now?: 10%
How often do you relapse or cycle?: Every 3 days
Does your doctor agree the Quinolone is the cause of your problems?: No
Do you have a history of seizures or neurological problems?: No
Please list anything your doctor did that helped in your recovery: Xanax .25mg for anxiety
What has helped you in your recovery?: Magnesium,
exercise, vitamin B
|Prescribed this med by a nurse practitioner at
a walk-in clinic.
I didn't think anything about the possible ADRs (I had taken antibiotics w/o incident). The only thing I was told was that this is a strong drug. No warnings, precautions, etc.
First two days went by w/o incident. By day 3 I would fatigue very easily and had anxiety w/heart palps. I figured my body needed to adjust to the drug. I also should've listened to the other voice in my head and stop then!
On day 5 I took my last dose and later that night the fun started, numbness in the fingertips, shooting electricity down my body, severe anxiety and panic attack, not to mention shortness of breath and chest tightness.
Went to the ER the next day and was treated for a panic attack. I even
carried in the pill bottle and explained multiple times I was seeking
emergency assistance per the insert. Followed up w/my primary and was told
that 'you took the drug, there's not much you can do now'. Well, there is
something I can do - speak out and warn others of big pharmaceutical.
Last Updated 9/06/04