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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Floxin
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
Floxin Query [posted
Question: I'm am T-3 paraplegic who gets UTIs occasionally.
I've been prescribed Floxin. For the past 1 - 2 years I haven't been taking the whole
bottle, but only a few until my urine isn't cloudy anymore. For about the last 1 - 1.5
years, I've been coughing up phlegm. I saw on the web where Floxin is good for respiratory
infections as well as UTIs and have noticed, when I'm on Floxin, my respiratory system
functions normally. Is this because I'm not taking the whole 'script or what? Thank
you for your work and the help you provide.
Answer: The floxin is affecting the respiratory pathogens as well as
the urinary tract ones and decreasing the amount of infection/bronchitis. By the way a
drug called Levoquin is identical in effect to floxin and contains only the biological
active part of floxin, hence decreasing side effects.
Levoquin - A Floxin Dimer [posted
Question: I have a family member who has taken Levaquin in the past couple of
months. I had never heard of it before and was wondering if you could e-mail me info about
it I would like side effects and any kind of warning signs about it. Thank you very much
for your time.
Answer: Levaquin belongs to the quinolone family of antibiotics. This
is a class which has broad activity and has very good serum levels with oral
administration. Levaquin is the active dimer (the L one) of Floxin which is a racemic
mixture of both L and D (levo and dextro) forms. It has less side effects per mg as a
consequence. Side effects are nausea, weird dreams, diarrhea and occasional allergic
reactions. There are a bunch others listed, but, these are the common ones.
Could This be Floxin after Effects
Question: I took floxin 2 years ago and am still suffering the after effects. I
experienced the toxic psychois severe anxiety confusion and highly elevated blood pressure
and many more but what is the most damaging is the pressure I feel in my head and the
severe dizzines and distorted vision all seems to be on the left side of my head including
my jaw I have not had a stroke confirmed by an MRI.
Answer: Not from floxin.
Question: I am currently taking a RX called floxin, which I am told is an
antibiotic. I am also told that this drug is a prophylactic. What precisely does this
definition of prophylactic actually mean? Should I be experiencing any bodily
function changes? Please advise ASAP.
Answer: Floxin is the brand name for ofloxacin which belongs to the quinolone
group of antibiotics. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic used for respiratory and urinary
tract infections and occasionally for bowel infections. It can be used for prevention of
urinary tract infections after catheter insertion and occasionally for prevention of other
infections that would be in the spectrum of bacteria that this antibiotic kills.
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