Doctor insights on: Levaquin and milk

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I have prostatitis and taking Levofloxacin 500 mg. Can I take dairy products like yogurt and milk while taking this antibiotic?

I have prostatitis and taking Levofloxacin 500 mg. Can I take dairy products like yogurt and milk while taking this antibiotic?

Yes you can: Yogurt with live culture is an excellent probiotic & worth taking in conjunction with an antibiotic. Ideally at least an hour before or after. ...Read more

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Husband prescribed levofloxacin for bronchitis, said not to take with calcium, does that mean he cannot take it with milk or just calcium supplements?

Husband prescribed levofloxacin for bronchitis, said not to take with calcium, does that mean he cannot take it with milk or just calcium supplements?

Space it out: Calcium can bind to Ciprofloxacin and make it not able to be absorbed; what you can do is to take the ciprofloxacin, then two hours later, take the supplement or milk. Space out exposure to make sure the medication is absorbed. ...Read more

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Any safer alternative to levaquin?

Any safer alternative to levaquin?

Safer?: Levaquin is a 3rd generation floroquinalone and is used for many conditions. It is generally safe and well tolerated. What is your concern exactly? Is it tendon or joint problems, gastrointestinal issues, or sensitivity? Worth discussing with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Levaquin (levofloxacin) side effects?

Levaquin (levofloxacin) side effects?

Minor, major: Minor side effects of Levaquin (levofloxacin) include stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, rash. Major side effect of Levaquin (levofloxacin) is tendon rupture - which can happen up to months after stopping the medicine. As a precaution, I recommend not doing any jumping sports while on the med (basketball, soccer, football, trampoline). This is a black box warning and doc should counsel you about risks. ...Read more

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Is levaquin (levofloxacin) better than zpak?

Is levaquin (levofloxacin) better than zpak?

2 different classes: Of antibiotics that have different indications so cannot compare Each is better for certain indications. ...Read more

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Does smoking effect levaquin (levofloxacin)?

Does smoking effect levaquin (levofloxacin)?

Indirectly: Smoking affects the respiratory tract: inflammation, paralysis of hair-cells that help sweep mucus, etc out of the lungs. So smoking counters/slows the efforts of any antibiotic you're taking for respiratory infection. Like taking a poison & its antidote at the same time. ...Read more

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Does levaquin (levofloxacin) treat paronychia?

Does levaquin (levofloxacin) treat paronychia?

Some cases: Perionychia or infection of the nail folds can be acute or chronic. Most often acute cases are caused by bacterial infections that would respond to levaquin (levofloxacin). Other agents that are more commonly used are cephalexin, Amoxicillin and clindamycin. Chronic cases of perionychia are typically caused by fungal infections and will not respond to levaquin (levofloxacin). ...Read more

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Can I take Levaquin (levofloxacin) and methadone?

Can I take Levaquin (levofloxacin) and methadone?

Not advisable: Generally speaking Methadone by itself carries a risk of causing or worsening an electrical disturbance in the heart (meaning it can affect the rhythm and rate of heartbeat). This effect may lead to increased risk of a condition briefly referred to as Torsade which can potentially cause a fatal irregularity in the heart without any warning. This effect can be amplified by taking Levaquin (levofloxacin) with it. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of levaquin (levofloxacin)?

What are the side effects of levaquin (levofloxacin)?

Various: Levofloxacin (levoquin) like most antibiotics has many potential side effects although most patients tolerate them without problems. Nausia, vomiting and diarrhea are among the most common side effects. Allergic reactions occur occasionally. Clostridium difficile colitis occurs. Rarely elderly or immunocompromised patients can develop tendonitis or tendon rupture especially the achilles tendon. ...Read more

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Why does levaquin (levofloxacin) cause tendon problems?

Why does levaquin (levofloxacin) cause tendon problems?

Multiple causes: Tendon inflammation and rupture from Levaquin (levofloxacin) and related antibiotics appears due to multiple factors including inhibition of fibroblast proliferation, decrease in collagen and proteoglycan synthesis, magnesium depletion, toxicity to mitochondria and DNA damage. See http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/464865_2 and
http://www. Tendonitisexpert. Com/levaquin-tendonitis. Html for details. ...Read more

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How to lessen the side effects of levaquin (levofloxacin) 750?

How to lessen the side effects of levaquin (levofloxacin) 750?

AT THAT DOSE: I can not think about many non potentially fatal conditions for which to take that high of a dose, for longer than 5 days or so. I would request info on why that specific antibiotic, at that particular dose. ...Read more

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A lot of pain after taking levaquin (levofloxacin). Is this normal?

A lot of pain after taking levaquin (levofloxacin). Is this normal?

Levaquin (levofloxacin): Levaquin (levofloxacin) is known for possibly causing tendonitis or even tendon rupture. If you are having pain form your antibiotic, call your prescribing doctor right away. ...Read more

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If I tolerated levaquin, (levofloxacin) will I tolerate ciproflaxin?

If I tolerated levaquin, (levofloxacin) will I tolerate ciproflaxin?

Antibiotics: The two medications mentioned are from two very different "families" of antibiotics. I would ask the M.D. Or a pharmacist to determine which medication works best for the infection you have, and how much you should be taking. ...Read more