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Doctor insights on: Levaquin For Strep Throat

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I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

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 generation antibiotics. Being allergic to penicillin suggests u shd try a cephalosporin which shd help. Resistant to Biaxin (clarithromycin) is unlikely and erythromycins may still work. Relatively safer medications like clindamycin also exist. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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Im allergic to everything but cipro (ciprofloxacin) and levaquin just got off 10 days of levaquin for strep didnt help sore throat time.have it back what can i take?

Im allergic to everything but cipro (ciprofloxacin) and levaquin  just got off 10 days of levaquin for strep didnt help sore throat time.have it back what can i take?

Virus, not strep?: The large majority of pharyngitis (sore throat) is viral, and no antibiotic works against viruses. Lack of improvement on levofloxacin (Levaquin®) is evidence it wasn't strep to begin with, or that it was strep plus a virus. This should continue to clear up on its own. Check with your doctor if it continues more than another few days. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get strep throat three days after finishing a 10 day treatment of Levaquin (levofloxacin) Infusions?

Strep/Levaquin: LLake ~ anything is possible but I think it would be very unusual in this case. The most likely cause if your sore throat following high dose antibiotics, is a fungal overgrowth in the pharynx, because the antibiotic has probably been very effective in killing the commensal bugs in the throat allowing the fungi to dominate. A 10-day course of any anti-fungal will do. Must be oral and not topical t ...Read more

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After taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days I'm still sick with sore throat and nausea fatigue lost my voice tested negative for strep. Could this be mono?

After taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days I'm still sick with sore throat and nausea fatigue lost my voice tested negative for strep. Could this be mono?

Possibilities: mono is a possibility. Also, numerous other viral causes for sore throat are possible. Levaquin (levofloxacin) would only treat a bacterial cause for your sore throat. Make sure to follow up again with your PCP for recheck and mono test as well as indicated. ...Read more

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How bad is strep throat?

How bad is strep throat?

Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read more

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What is a 'strep' throat?

What is a 'strep' throat?

Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read more

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Is strep throat seasonal?

Is strep throat seasonal?

Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful. ...Read more

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Is strep throat airborne?

Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact.Person A puts fingers in mouth,touches doorknob painting it with strep.Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more