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is levofloxacin related to penicillin

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Peniciilin allergy does not cause allergy to quinolones such as levaquin (levofloxacin).
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Ayoub
17 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes: If patient allergic to penicillin, they can get different option of medication, and Levaquin (levofloxacin) is one of them.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Shouldn't: but if you are, ask your doctor for an alternative, best wishes
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rajesh Kumar
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Not a good choice: Levaquin is a broad spectrum antibiotic and usually preferred for more serious infections. Strep throat is usually still amenable to most first genera ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
30 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Dehydration : Dehydration can occur easily when a patient has an infection. An infection can cause a fever, even when the patient isn't always aware, and the skin ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Penicillin allergy: No, penicillin and Levofloxacin do not cross react. Penicillin is a beta lactam antibiotic and Levofloxacin is a quinolone; they are not related. . Oc ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Maybe OK, but...: Most sinusitis doesn't need antibiotic treatment. If needed, levofloxacin probably would be effective, but other antibiotics usually are preferable in ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Not normal: But side effects do occur.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Different types : Penicillin g can be used orally, IV or as an injection. Penicillin v is a different form and is used orally.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes and No: To be allergic to a medication will restrict the use of that medication - thats the bad part. However, typically there are other medications that can ... Read More
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