• Shirley July 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I experience side effects from both Levaquin and Avelox. Recently, I was prescribed Avelox for a sinus infection. Within an hour after taking the med, I experienced a severe sore throat, the back of my tongue was paining really bad;my tongue actually was swollen; it was difficult to eat, my lips and face were swollen. I am currently experiencing what I would describe as nervous muscle tension. Upon reading more on these antibiotics, it was stated that the side effects could last weeks to month. The physician was called and although he knew that I could not take Levaquin; he gave me sample boxes of the Avelox. I am still not certain how long these side effects will last, but it’s been almost one week as of now. I was instructed to take Benadryl; what I should have done was go to the emergency room. I makes you wonder why doctors still prescribe these antibiotics when they know they are in the same family and has caused so may bad side effects for people.

  • Shirley July 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    My comment is that all medications should be researched before taking. When we are unaware of serious side effects of medicine, the cost is too high.

  • Phillip J March 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I took avalox and now have damage to My CNS and A small tear in a tendon in My left hip and I twitch all the time My face leg's and arm's eye's So I do not know what to say other than I pray You all Never have what happend to Me Happen to You I am told I have nerve damage.That it may take years to get better if it ever will.My bad day's I cannot begin to say how they are I am now on Clonozapam To help with the Twitching.Burning in My hands and feet. If Anyone else has had this happen to them please post.

  • steve December 23, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I too was taking levequin for a few years, when at the doctors one day they gave me avalox as they had samples of it. At home I took 1 and had a bad reaction of hives and tingling in thoat and mouth, do not remember that with the I can not take levequin for a bad UTI that I'm going threw, also does that have anything to do with neck,lower back and rist pain?

  • Christine March 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I had taken Avelox a couple of weeks ago and within 20 mins. had a severe allergic reaction which caused to have a seizure. I was rushed to the ER but almost died. I almost flatlined. My entire body turned red but the palms of my hands were so itchy, my lips swelled and I couldn't breathe….

    • Laura Ambrose January 9, 2018 at 4:26 am

      I had taken Avelox a couple of weeks ago and within 20 mins. had a severe allergic reaction which caused to have a seizure. I was rushed to the ER but almost died. I almost flatlined. My entire body turned red but the palms of my hands were so itchy, my lips swelled and I couldn’t breathe….

      I was given samples of Avelox on 2011 for a sinus infection. When I went home and took first dose and immediately turned a bright red, throat and face started to swell, and I itches all over. I’ve never had this happen before or since this. I’ve been on Cipro and Levantine and been fine. It looks like a lot of people have similar reaction. Should I avoid the entire family of antibiotics or was this just a fluke with Avelox?

  • Chase June 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    why are you all taking levaquin and Avelox for UTI's and sinus infection? These are minor diagnosis and should be treated with lower level antibiotics, you cant deer hunt with an elephant rifle, there will be nothing left of the animal to show. I have hidradenitis suppurativa and dissecting cellulitis, advanced stages, and just now after 6 years started treatment with levaquin. I am terrified of the side effects, but i already knew about them before the Dr. suggested the drug. You may want to look into suing the doc that prescribed a Mac Truck hitting your system for no reason. Deal with the symptoms or the side effects, which one is worse? I know im going on week 5 of a boil on my testicle and several in my buttocks that wont go away, i cant have them operated on, and cause 24/7 severe pain, which is incurable, almost untreatable. So get a lawyer, sue your Dr, and read up on any medication before you take the first pill capsule, shot, anything.

    • Karli January 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      My thoughts exactly, I was just prescribed Levaquin for a kidney infection 2 days ago. I was pissed when I paid $168 for 10 pills and then found out what all the possible side effects were, really why wouldn't penecillin or amoxcillian work?

      • J. Surenok November 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Probably because they had not been successful in the past.

    • GuestRespondentBean January 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Why are people taking them for modest conditions like sinus infections? Because doctors continue to prescribe them…like candy. Here's my very recent story: Despite having a documented adverse reaction to Avelox during a prior bout with a recurring sinus infection, yesterday, my doctor prescribed Levaquin — a sister quinolone — for my current sinus infection and bronchitis. The wisest decision I made last night, after reading up on it, was not to take the pill, call my doctor and demand (!!) that she replace the script with Amoxycillin as an alternative. This morning, the office PA called me and basically admitted that Levaquin should never have been prescribed for me, not just based on the bad reaction I had to Avelox, but also given the history I've had of eye problems (Levaquin is associated with retinal detachments and vision problems). The CDC, Respiratory Physicians and most other reputable agencies recommend the use of this family of antibiotics only in life threatening situations and more traditional pencillin based drugs (for those who are not allergic) for routine infectious conditions. . Lesson Learned: trust your instincts, read, get educated, demand something different if you have concerns. These drugs should be used as "last resorts", according to most professionals.

  • Nurse Gracey April 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    on April 2,2013 I took one sample Avelox. Please keep in mind I have been tking this antibiotic for sinus infections etc…since it first came out. Unfortunetley this ONE time 4-02-13 I reacted almost immediately after taking one tab. Started with itchy, swollen hands. weak legs and arm function. Nausea, severe stomach cramps,projectile vomiting, respitory distress, tachycardia, anyphylactic shock. EMT's did NOT know what Avelox was. That scared me. No one thought about looking it up on smart phones and their were at least 6 EMT's/Paramedics. TMH hospital discharge papers stated…patient diagnosis :allergic reaction to Avelox and protocol…continue Avelox. MORE scarey. I am grateful that I am in medical field and educated on what to do. BUT any other person….well. not good folks. I am still hypersensitive to cats now & God knows what else.I have metalic taste in mouth. It has been 9 days I am still not 100% back to stable. Please take meds with caution. ALWAYS have Benydrl in case…..Good luck.

  • Marie June 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I was alergic to avalox and was in the hospital and it was posted on my chart that I was alergic to this drug and they gave me levequin and had a bad reaction to this drug.they should have never gave me this drug.they had to give me epinephrine and I thought I was going to die.

  • Patsy Huffman October 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I lost my husband six hours after taking only one avelox for a sinus infection. His tongue and throat swelled and his heart had to be restarted with epinephrine. I also beleave he had renal failure as well, because he came out of the BR. and said something was'nt right here. He sat on our bed could'nt give himself a breathing treatment and so he then laid down on slowly and his eyes were fixed and his lips had turned blue. I started CPR. on him until help arrived. The sheriffs arrived first but just to make sure it was safe for the EMTS to enter. They came in and took over giving him CPR. got a pulse and then rushed him to the ER. in REDLANDS CA. They worked on him for an hour and a half until my husband sqeezed my hand letting me know he had enough. The Dr. of coarse is admitting no wrong doing because he has attorneys backing him up. I know there are so many victims of this drug that something

  • John Surenok November 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Levequin so far has been a great help for me with my chronic, severe bronchitis with so many years of bronchial asthma and having had pneumonia a few times.. Augmentin and other strong general antibiotics were no longer effective. Finally after an extended exacerbation I was given leviquin and advised of the possible adverse side effects. I was hardly able to walk anyway so for me it was worth the chance. In three days the leviquin began it's magic. The bronchial infection subsided with no adverse effects … as yet. I have not been able to breath this clear or get around like this for years. Yes, I am careful …. I don't golf, I don't do yard work or other strenuous activity. Hopefully this will help. There is ample information with the prescription and my doctor was very careful to explain the possible side effects which for me were worth the try. If you are taking it for skin sinus or other types of infection it may not be worth the risk to you. Weigh the balance. T.V. commercials scare me to death. But for me leviquin stared to work in days for my long time chronic asthma and bronchitis that other antibiotics did not seem to resolve. I finished my dose and am doing well but I am still careful about my physical activities. But now i breath like I have not for a long time.
    Sounds like some of these reactions are from anaphalaxctic shock and a result of allergy which can happen with any new medication as is explained in any prospectus.. Be conscious and aware with any new medication.

  • James November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

    The reason people are prescribed Avelox or Levaquin is because they may be ALLEGIC to other antibiotics as I was. I took the others for years when i got ill but became acutely allergic to many antibiotics so my doctor prescribed Avelox and Levaquin and I now have a partially torn rotator cuff tendon and other shoulder burning pains and cannot ever remember hurting my shoulder in any way. I had chronic bronchitis and the drug worked but may have ruined my shoulders and who knows what else. I have problems in my right foot also but left is fine.

  • James November 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Allergic not Allegic==LOL

  • Albert November 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    If you don’t want side effects, don’t take drugs. At the slightest sign of infection we go to our doctor, and they are generally happy to prescribe, pills. 9 out of 10 times our body could fight the infection without anything – and not only get better, but be better off for it. But instead we can’t wait to take these magical pills that we expect to make us better and do no harm.

    Antibiotics and especially flouroquinolones are supposed to be among the last line of defense. They were never intended to be a “try this and maybe you will feel better” drug.

    There are people who these drugs actually save. As in, without these drugs, those people would have either died or required an uncertain surgery. These people would happily suffer a tendon rupture, sore throat, or almost any other of the symptoms cited in this thread. These are the people for whom these drugs were intended.

    People – if we abuse these drugs, we lose critical medicine that saves lives and may end up doing more harm than good. I’m talking to the patients, the doctors and to the pharmaceuticals here. Let’s use these drugs, and all drugs, for their intended purpose and reserve them for the life threatening conditions they were originally intended for.

  • Karen Mienheartt July 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Avalox was scripted for sinus/bronchitis. Day 1 dry mouth, stomach ache, day 2 acid reflux, pain, day 3 stiff neck, abdominal pain, that night extreme dizziness and totally rigid neck. Then the hallucinations started, fever at 103.5. Should have called 911 but husband gave me a cold shower and bed. Dr the next day, blood work STAT, and it was systemic reaction. Took 30 days and several blood tests before liver functioned properly. Never again!!!

  • Haydon May 4, 2017 at 3:29 am

    I have a bad lung infection i saw a gp and he put me on moxifloxacin he never asked me what medication i was taking eg predisolone i tokk it for 7 days now the tendon in on the right leg has 2 lumps and very sore will it clear up

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