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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Levoquin


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 05/16/2000]
Question: I have been taking Levaquin (500 m daily) for 14 days for prostitis. My physician prescribed this drug for 30 days. For the last 5 days or so I have had moderate muscle pain epecially in my legs, knees and ankles. My physician has taken me off of Levaquin and put me on Cipro (500 mg twice daily) for the remaining 14 days. Is Cipro as effective for prostitis? Should I be concerned with taking Levaquin in the future?

bob

Answer: Very similar drugs which is why I question why he/she switched you to such a similar drug? As to the future, this would depend on whether the pain went away as you stopped the Levaquin and if you had any increase in your CPK(a muscle enzyme or your sedimentation rate).

[posted 11/2/1999]
Question: do you think that levoquin is good drug of choice to treat
an infection in my rt toe that started as a blister?
i was on cipro for fourteen days and it seemed to be healing
then a week ago i developed a cellultis and was in hospital
for five days on iv levoquin and now take it po along with
whirpool tx bone scan neg for osteomyolitis i am diabetic
on insulin since age 17 i am 55 and never had foot prolems
before thank you any info will be appreciated

Answer: A very good drug, but very,very similar to cipro. Can't seem much advantage of one over the other if Cipro failed initially. I would favor Augmentin or Biaxcin.

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