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Walking pneumonia for 2 weeks now. Had levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days. 5th day after the last dose. Still wheezing and green mucus is now yellow. Normal?

Walking pneumonia for 2 weeks now. Had levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days. 5th day after the last dose. Still wheezing and green mucus is now yellow. Normal?

Need more info: Without knowing what is causing your 'pneumonia' or how it was diagnosed cannot speculate on what your response has been. If this was mycoplasma or chlamydia or legionella you should be getting progressively better, but it may take a while to clear entirely. If you are not completely better soon or develop fever, shortness of breath or other symptoms, go back and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dx:pneumonia. Taking levaquin (levofloxacin).Fever@nt. When I exhale there is rattling and it sounds worse. Does this mean its clearing up or do I need to go back2er?

Dx:pneumonia. Taking levaquin (levofloxacin).Fever@nt. When I exhale there is rattling and it sounds worse. Does this mean its clearing up or do I need to go back2er?

Call your doctor: One should not be using the er for primary care medical problems. You are not dying. This is why one has a family physician. Please call and have your family doctor paged. Let them know how long you have been on Levaquin (levofloxacin) and what you are experiencing now. ...Read more

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How can I help reduce a painful swollen lymph node?  on levaquin (levofloxacin) for pneumonia symptoms already. 

How can I help reduce a painful swollen lymph node?  on levaquin (levofloxacin) for pneumonia symptoms already. 

Antiinflammatories: Nsaids like Aleve (naproxen) and Ibuprofen can help reduce the tenderness from inflamed lymph nodes. Realize, though, that the lymph nodes are doing that for a reason--it's helping to fight your infection! If they are just too uncomfortable, as long as it's safe, you can use nsaids to help reduce the tenderness. ...Read more

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I took levaquin (levofloxacin) exactly like I should. I have walking pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis. I still feel terrible after this very strong medication?

I took levaquin (levofloxacin) exactly like I should. I have walking pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis. I still feel terrible after this very strong medication?

Need to see doctor: Levaquin (levofloxacin) is not strong or weak, it is an antibiotic that will cover many of the germs that cause bronchitis and sinusitis and pneumonia but not all. In fact if the illness is caused by a virus their really is no antibiotic that will help. In any case if still unwell the safest thing is to speak with your doctor for further advice. ...Read more

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Husband has pneumonia in both lungs. On day 4 of levaquin. Still having bad coughing fits. Have bought delsym. Not helping. Anything else I can do?

Husband has pneumonia in both lungs. On day 4 of levaquin. Still having bad coughing fits. Have bought delsym. Not helping. Anything else I can do?

See below: Hopefully by day 4, the infection is clearing. However, it can take quite a bit longer for the coughing to resolve. If you could find Chestal with honey (over the counter), that works as good as anything I've tried over the counter. If it keeps up though, he might benefit from being seen again to ensure he's on the road to recovery and that he just has the annoying, lingering cough. ...Read more

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My mother is recovering from pneumonia. She was prescribed Levaquin, (levofloxacin) currently taking ANORO ELLIPTA. Her BASO reading is 1.1. Should be concerned?

My mother is recovering from pneumonia. She was prescribed Levaquin, (levofloxacin) currently taking ANORO ELLIPTA. Her BASO reading is 1.1. Should be concerned?

Symptoms: Symptoms, such as fever, persisting cough or shortness of breath would be of concern. Basophils cannot be interpreted without the absolute WBC count. If 1.1 is percentage and WBC count is normal they are normal. ...Read more

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I live in a nursing home they diagnosed me pneumonia they are giving 6000 ml of vancomysin a day 750 ml of levaquin, (levofloxacin) and 100 ml of zosyn a day its ok?

I live in a nursing home they diagnosed me pneumonia they are giving 6000 ml of vancomysin a day 750 ml of levaquin, (levofloxacin) and 100 ml of zosyn a day its ok?

Doses not right: In specific circumstances Levaquin (levofloxacin) is added to Zosyn and Vancomycin, which would be a typical combination for a healthcare associated pneumonia. The dose listed for Levaquin (levofloxacin) seems to be right, providing no kidney issues. The doses for Vancomycin and Zosyn do not seem to be right. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) and tessalon perles plus cough syrup------is all that okay?

I have pneumonia and I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) and tessalon perles plus cough syrup------is all that okay?

Perhaps: I find that cough medicines like tessalon perles and non-codeine containing cough meds are not terribly effective for the cough from pneumonia. They are more effective for post nasal drip or tracheitis coughs. If the pneumonia is bacterial, Levaquin (levofloxacin) is often very effective. If the pneumonia is viral-and many pneumonias are-the antibiotic will make no difference. ...Read more

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Given levaquin (levofloxacin) orally + antibiotic shot in l rump for pneumonia & now suffering severe hip jt pain on shot side also shoulder jt pain. Why?

Given levaquin (levofloxacin) orally + antibiotic shot in l rump for pneumonia & now suffering severe hip jt pain on shot side also shoulder jt pain. Why?

Best to see MD: There is a side effect of fluoroquinolones wherein, there develops inflammation in the tendon (tendonitis) which can cause softening of those attachments to the point of rupture. Don't move those tendons too much right now, allow cooling off and see your doctor as you may need treatment if that is the case. ...Read more

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Healthy 34 yr old female. Diagnosed with mild lobar pneumonia March 4. No fever. Levaquin (levofloxacin). Xray now clear. Can I get relapse? Is chance high?

Healthy 34 yr old female. Diagnosed with mild lobar pneumonia March 4. No fever. Levaquin (levofloxacin). Xray now clear. Can I get relapse? Is chance high?

Possible: Relapse is always possible with pneumonia. Once a segment of alveoli are damaged. They are forever more susceptible to further damage. Atypical pneumonia caused by say mycobacterium have the greatest chance of recurrence if not treated long enough. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 9 wk ago. Feeling 95% better. Legs feel weak at times. Healthy 35 yr old female. Do I need to build up strength or from levaquin (levofloxacin)?

Pneumonia: 9 weeks from pneumonia is a very long time not to be back to your 100% baseline. If your were completely bedridden. Then possibly. Certainly nothing to do with the antibiotics at this point. Make sure your exercising the muscles. If this persists. Let your primary know. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 3 weeks ago. 10 day levaquin (levofloxacin). Pneumonia resolved on xray. Can I get sepsis now?

Had pneumonia 3 weeks ago. 10 day levaquin (levofloxacin). Pneumonia resolved on xray. Can I get sepsis now?

Not from prior illns: People can get sepsis from a variety of germs, some more aggressive and rapid in their effect than others. The resolution of your prior pneumonia under treatment has reset your start point. Once that germ was eliminated, it is not hanging around anymore to cause sepsis. You might become sick from a new agent. ...Read more

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Post pneumonia 9 wk. Had fluid right lung 2 wk ago. Using spirometer. Muscles in body feel weak at times. From levaquin (levofloxacin).? Healthy 35 yr old F

Post pneumonia 9 wk. Had fluid right lung 2 wk ago. Using spirometer. Muscles in body feel weak at times. From levaquin (levofloxacin).? Healthy 35 yr old F

Mgt/workup: Feeling tired after a pneumonia can be common. Monitor your temperature, eat well, rest and stay well hydrated. If there is a fever, the pneumonia may have recurred and a follow up appointment is advised. ...Read more

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Left lower lobe pneumonia March 4. No fever, just felt like junk. Got levaquin (levofloxacin). Now just feeling weak. Chest X-ray clear. How long till I'm better?

Left lower lobe pneumonia March 4. No fever, just felt like junk. Got levaquin (levofloxacin). Now just feeling weak. Chest X-ray clear. How long till I'm better?

Post pneumonia: This is highly variable and depends upon what the causative agent of the pneumonia was, the extent of lung involvement, your personal immune system, and other factors. Give this time, get plenty of rest and a healthy diet. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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All labs normal. Had pneumonia 9 wk ago. Now muscles in arms and legs feel weak at times. From levaquin (levofloxacin)? What can I do? It's upsetting

Less likely: Fatigue and weakness after pneumonia is less likely from levaquin (levofloxacin) than from general deconditioning after a severe illness. Great stress was placed on the body and sometimes takes months to fully recover. Concentrate on getting great nutrition, hydration, rest, sunlight and try to exercise as tolerated. ...Read more

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I am taking levaquin (levofloxacin) 500 mg and oral steriod for pnemonia type symptoms. On day 4 for levaquin (levofloxacin), day 3 for steroid. When might I feel better?

Mgt suggestions: It really depends on the underlying cause and the infection. I would suggest monitoring your temperature, staying well hydrated and each day you should see some improvement. If you are still coughing after two weeks, a follow up is indicated. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed wiht pneunomia and a UTI 10 days ago. I finished my antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin) on time. When should the shortness of breath improve?

I was diagnosed wiht pneunomia and a UTI 10 days ago. I finished my antibiotic Levaquin (levofloxacin) on time. When should the shortness of breath improve?

Days to weeks: It might take "some time" for the inflammation in your lungs burns out and you feel back to normal again. If not better in 2-4 weeks I'd go back to your PCP and get further evaluated. Persistent symptoms mean either inadequate treatment or else some other affliction occurring simultaneously. ...Read more

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I've had walking pneumonia 3 times this year and am currently fighting it off. I've been on Levofloxacin for 10 days and don't feel better.

I've had walking pneumonia 3 times this year and am currently fighting it off. I've been on Levofloxacin for 10 days and don't feel better.

Evaluation: Really need full evaluation of your pulmonary system and possibly your immune system as well. If you smoke stop NOW. Also may need evaluation for reflux as possible cause for recurrent airway issues. Three times in a year is too much for anyone so you need to get to root of the problem ...Read more

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I'm being treated with levofloxacin 500mg & prednisone 20mg for beginning stages of pneumonia. Do I need the prednisone, I don't do well with it.

I'm being treated with levofloxacin 500mg & prednisone 20mg for beginning stages of pneumonia. Do I need the prednisone, I don't do well with it.

Pneumonia: Not sure I understand "beginning stages of pneumonia". Either you have pneumonia or not. And without more info do not understand why the Prednisone was prescribed so it is difficult to comment on, but generally speaking there is little need for steroids in out-patient acquired pneumonia (assuming you have pneumonia). Too many unanswered questions. Discuss with your doctor, or get 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia  n went  thru a  course of levofloxacin  soon after 5 days of 750 mg per day I have started raspberry ketones to lose weight  pls let me?

I had pneumonia  n went  thru a  course of levofloxacin  soon after 5 days of 750 mg per day I have started raspberry ketones to lose weight  pls let me?

Do not waste your $: Do not waste your time with "weight loss supplements". Rasberry ketones are yet another in a long line of "miracle" weight loss supplements that are pure hype. If you want to achieve weight loss, reduce your carbs to a bare minimum, drink only water, eat lots of low starch veggies and increase your activity levels. ...Read more

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My husband got pneumonia from aspirating while having his upper teeth pulled. Spent 3 days in Hosp. Will he get us sick? They gave him levoquin

My husband got pneumonia from aspirating while having his upper teeth pulled. Spent 3 days in Hosp. Will he get us sick? They gave him levoquin

Not likely: He's probably been rendered "non-infectious" by the powerful antibiotics he was given in the hospital.
Just practice good hygiene--wash hands, use hand sanitizer, dispose of tissue and kleenex, etc.
Wouldn't hurt to boost everyone's immune systems with healthy doses of Vit D3 (5-10, 000 units per day for a week or so, then cut to 5, 000 units per day thereafter). Also, Vit C and Vit A. ...Read more

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Can I take an Ambien (zolpidem) after taking benzonatate Mucinex and levofloxacin? I have pneumonia an can't sleep.

Can I take an Ambien (zolpidem) after taking benzonatate Mucinex and levofloxacin? I have pneumonia an can't sleep.

Yes: Should be fine. Is your sleeplessness due to cough? Benzonatate is an absolutely useless cough suppressant. If the cough is what is keeping you up at night then a better cough suppressant like Codeine or hydrocodone syrup may be a better option. Contact the prescribing doctor and let them know the tessalon is not working. ...Read more

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I've been on Levofloxacin 750 mg for pneumonia 3 days so far. I'm a dental hygienist. When is it safe to go back to work. For me and my patients?

Probably now, but...: Levofloxacin is for bacterial pneumonia, which is not a risk to your patients. If that's the only problem, you can return to work whenever you feel up to it. However, pneumonia often develops because of preceding viral infection, especially influenza. In that case, you should not work until fever is gone for at least 2-3 days. So probably OK, but if in doubt check with the doctor treating you. ...Read more