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Levofloxacin 500 Mg And Alcohol
You shouldn't: Alcohol is bad for the body's healing mechanisms, including the ability of certain white blood cells to find, capture and digest bacteria, and for the ability of certain other white blood cells to make antibodies to protect us. So, using it when you are infected is generally not advised. In addition, alcohol has lots of drug interactions which may impair the ability of antibiotics to work. ...Read more
Perhaps: Since you were given this drug for an infection of some kind, it may depend on how quickly or completely your infection resolved with this med. Since infections can be caused by multiple bacteria at once, this antibiotic may not treat all of them. Since alcohol can depress your immune system, if you have any signs of continued infection, you may want to avoid alcohol until resolved. ...Read more
Yes: For that matter, you can drink it during the first two days. ...Read more
You shouldn't: It would help to know why you are on Levaquin (levofloxacin) and predisone, but I will guess it is a pulmonary infection. Alcohol in amounts more than social drinking (1-2 drinks/day) impairs the cough reflex, increases chances of aspiration, damages our immune system and increases side effects of prednisone, especially stomach irritation/bleeding. If alcohol has become a problem for you, seek help. ...Read more
I have prostatitis and taking levofloxacin 500 mg. I wanna how much interval should I give between two doses? 12 hours or 24 hours?
I have prostatitis & I took levofloxacin 500 mg for 6 weeks and now again Dr. gave me same med for 1 month. I want to know will this med be helpful?
PROSTATITIS EVAL: R/O prostatitis is tough to treat. Hopefully you have seen a urologist recently. If no response to levoquin, try doxycycline. I would recheck labs /UA C&S. & testosterone. . You also need abdominal/pelvic/prostate US R/O prostate stones. Also, switch to gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com /GUTBLISS.com ...Read more
If a test came back negative for strep, but I'm halfway through with a 10-day course of levaquin (levofloxacin) 500 (1 qd), should I discontinue now?
Yes: Most throat problems are viral and if culture was negative it is best to stop and not risk causing more problems by continuing. ...Read more
Taking levofloxacin 500 mg for almost 1 month for treating prostatits. Does this medicine treat epididymitis at the same time?
Levofloxin: Yes it should be treating both conditions. ...Read more
Taking levaquin (levofloxacin) 500 for diverculitis it's been 7 days and I feel like symptoms are coming back.is it possible it's not working? Or I need more time?
Diverticulitis: It is possible that it is not working, specifically if symptoms are coming back. Possible complications of diverticulitis, alternate diagnoses as well as a review of your antibiotic coverage would be considered by your physician once you make him or her aware. Please inform your treating physician about your symptoms as soon as possible. ...Read more
Should not: You should not take any expired med, including antibiotics. Because you lose efficacy and may have side effects of chemical structure change, lose stability etc.... ...Read more
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
Achilles tendinitis: Many serious side effects can occur with levofloxacin; epiocates lists 25 and 2 have black box warnings, meaning they are particularly worrisome. After several days taking levoflox., the achilles tendon can become sore and rupture; takes a long time to heal. Also, myasthenia gravis can worsen, seizures, suicidal thoughts, depression, psychosis, abnormal heart rhythms, severe allergic reactions, etc. ...Read more
Yes: There are no known interactions, but as always it is important to discuss all of your medications with your doctor and if you have more than one provider make sure all of them know all the medications you are taking. ...Read more
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