Levofloxacin for sinus infection lead to weird side effects
My doctor prescribed levofloxacin for a sinus infection prior to leaving for my honeymoon. I took the first dose the first night and experienced terrible insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks.
I called my doctor who told me I should be taking the dose in the morning to avoid insomnia. I continued my dosage as prescribed and only suffered insomnia one additional night and stopped having any sleeping problems.
However, I began feeling tingling sensations in my feet along the heels and even a week after I've stopped am still feeling tingling sensations all over my body as well as well the occasional anxiety attack (which I never had before.) I started researching and am now extremely worried that I've done permanent damage to my CNS and concerned I will experience any issues with my tendons.
I am a fitness instructor and a distance runner so I am afraid this will permanently affect my life personally and financially. Do you know if there is a correlation to the tingling I'm feeling and tendonitis or ruptures?
Would these side effects likely clear? Do you have an idea in terms of timing on when I should stop worrying that I might have additional side effects?
Is there something I can take to supplement any deficiencies I'm experiencing? Such as magnesium pills? All I know now is that I'll never go to my current doctor again and will do a lot more extensive research prior to taking any prescribed medications!
That's a smart move, not going back to that doctor. Experiencing significant insomnia, anxiety, etc after a single does is NOT a good sign. Especially if it's a fluoroquinolone with known side effects and downsides (that that doctor would know if he spent 5 minutes researching what he's prescribing instead of just listening to the pharmaceutical rep).
Did the doctor bother to determine whether the bronchitis was bacterial, viral, or fungal? Or just irritation/inflammation?
1. I also would be worried. But only as motivation to start doing what there is to do to try to counter the negative mechanism that
'Permanent' is relative. If you don't replete the nutritional depletion, then problems can be permanent. But just becasue a problem has been around for, say, 10 years, doesn't mean that it's permanent nor irreversible.
Maybe you situation is 'permanent', but from what you've said so far, that's not my first impression. In comparison, your symptoms are mild. That's a big plus.
2. Rupture can happen with or without tingle. Anything can happen, and side effects look like a lot of different scenarios.
Regardless, all there is to do is do what there
is to do.
My highest suggestion is my The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution
ebook. There is no magic bullet, you need a complete plan of attack that deals with all the variables.
If all you did was magnesium, that may or may not get rid of your symptoms. It just depends on what you have going on. Magnesisum is a primary focus, as one of the main actions of fluoroquinolones like Cipro, Levaquin, Levofloxacin, Avelox, etc, is magnesium depeletion.
3. You asked "Would these side effects likely clear? Do you have an idea in terms of timing on when I should stop worrying that I might have additional side effects?"
Maybe they'll clear. Without doing anything, people generally fall into two categories. They either get better within a year, or they don't.
I'm not a fan of 'not doing anything'. I'm a fan of going after and fixing the problem to whatever extent is available'.
You're a long way from being out of the 'worry' window/time line, IMHO. You might get better tomorrow, but I wouldn't put money on it. You need to, IMHO, get to work.
4. Cipro, Levofloxacin, and Levaquin Tendonitis
is not regular Tendonitis
See: What Is Tendonitis
There is some overlap in mechanisms as each negative factor causes other negative factors.
5. As a separate but possibly related topic, why did you have bronchitis? Is that a normal thing?
I have a history of bronchitis, starting at age 25. Turns out, for me, that's a function of gluten intolerance. Now when I have more than a little gluten, I feel it immediately in my chest/lungs.
Maybe yours was an infection, maybe just inflammation/irritation. But it points to a lack of health in your system. And right now it's all about making your system as healthy as possible.
Also see: How To Avoid Degradation In A Possible Levaquin Tendon Injury
Also see: Levaquin Tendonitis Getting Progressively Worse In Pain Everyday ----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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