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Levofloxacin for Pneumonia User Reviews

Brand names: Levaquin

Levofloxacin has an average rating of 5.6 out of 10 from a total of 135 reviews for the treatment of Pneumonia. 45% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 41% reported a negative experience.

Levofloxacin rating summary

5.6/10 average rating

135 ratings from 150 user reviews.

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Reviews for Levofloxacin

  • Anonymous
  • January 25, 2011

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I am in the medical field and this is by far the best antibiotic you can get outside of the hospital. If you have a bacterial infection in your lungs and you want it to clear up right away, then this is the medicine for you. On the downside, it is very expensive, but at some point, you get tired of being sick and realize it is worth every single penny. You will be well in no time!"

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  • Micha...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 4, 2018

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "My husband had the very beginning of pneumonia (doctor almost didn't recognize it on the xray). After taking 1 dose of Levaquin he started having seizures. He developed Torsades de Pointes which is a heart condition. Spent a week in the hospital and died 2 weeks later from an enlarged heart. He never had heart problems before this. He was 50 years old."

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  • HG1954
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 2, 2016

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "A HORRIBLE DRUG. BEWARE. I was diagnosed with pneumonia one week ago at the local emergency room. The ER doctor gave me 1 pill of Levaquin, and I took 2 more from the pharmacy. I took a total of 3 500 MG pills that gave me constant, deep, sore pain in my arms from my shoulders to my elbows. The pain was so bad on day 3 that I could hardly drive a car, put on a seatbelt, put on a shirt, or turn on a light switch. I stopped taking the drug and went to my family doctor for a different antibiotic. Neither the ER doctor nor the family doctor knew anything about muscle and tendon problems. I'm really angry about this. I am over 60 with no significant health problems and don't appreciate being poisoned."

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  • Bigsky
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 10, 2019

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Have been fighting upper respiratory & sinus since the end of Jan. Even after 3 antibiotics, steroids etc I ended up with pneumonia. Dr at the ER gave me Levaquin & within 4 days I was beginning to feel like my old self. My only adverse reaction is nausea but you deal with the bad if the good outweighs the bad."

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  • Ewock
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 23, 2014

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Was sick for a week with pneumonia and went to urgent care. 102F fever, cough, no appetite, severe fatigue. Prescribed Levaquin and started feeling better in 2-3 days. Fatigue and cough continued for several weeks. Lost 7 pounds. I did not experience any side effects at all. Would highly recommend this medication."

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  • Erika
  • December 15, 2019

"I promised myself I would write a detailed review once I finished the course of antibiotics for pneumonia. I tried Omnicef first which I was allergic to then I took a ZPack which wasn’t strong enough to knock it out of me so my dr prescribed me levoFLOXacin 750mg for 7 days. I’m am one of those people who read all the reviews and it scare me outta myself so this was no different. All the reviews had given me a massive panic attack after the first dose. Here’s my experience. I did have crazy insomnia I couldn’t sleep without 50mg of Benedryl I had loss of appetite and very mild anxiety attacks but this all resolved after the medicine was finished. My dr told me I could stop after 5 days bc I was clear! I will say none of this side effects outweighs the benefits. In my experience if a medicine works for you then you prob won’t be on the internet reviewing it so 80% of these people had a bad experience no one tells you the good news is that it works and just listen to your dr and your body."

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  • KChar...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 24, 2013

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Went to the ER with severe coughing, chest pains and fever. After Xrays, CT scan and blood tests, I was diagnosed with pneumonia. The doc started me on Levaquin via IV and gave me a 5 day dose of 750mg. I am on day 4 and feel SO much better! Still coughing a little, but nothing compared to before!"

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  • Snoop
  • April 5, 2013

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "After six hours I began to feel relief. After day four, I'm close to 100% cured...but I have six more days to take Levaquin 750mg. I'm also eating a cup of yogurt per day. Make sure you drink lots of water with this medicine or you will feel horrible! Otherwise, I love it."

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  • CareB...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 15, 2012

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "This antibiotic is really helping. I had horrible chest pain, mucus, hard time breathing, fever, etc. I was diagnosed with pneumonia and sinusitis. I was given a 10 day course of 500mg of Levaquin. I am on day 7 and only a few side effects. Minor dizziness, headaches, MAJOR fatigue and feeling of being in a fog. Overall tolerable but I cannot wait to be done! I feel pretty much back to normal with only a tickling cough left. Also I should note that I sleep VERY well and my appetite has not been affected. I am pleased considering how sick I was and the fact that other antibiotics made me feel horrible in the past."

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  • Lee
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 12, 2020

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I was prescribed Levaquin due to Pneumonia . It seemed to help with the illness but I had trouble with erratic heart rate and felt ILL, including pain in my back legs and other random joints. I didn’t finish the prescription due to increasing pain, dizziness and had the feeling I was at the point that the medicine was poisoning me. This drug can be quite dangerous. It’s been several months and I continue with pain in areas for no reason . This drug is not safe."

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  • murra...
  • October 12, 2011

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I am a serious marathon runner. Started suffering from strange respiratory problems 3 weeks before Chicago marathon. Flew into town to run with a 102f fever. Doctor prescribed this. Within 48 hours things started improving. Now 6 days in on 10 day treatment and most symptoms gone. No side effects. Didn't run marathon, but this medicine seemed to break a nasty infection."

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  • Diane...
  • September 3, 2013

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I was hospitalized with pneumonia receiving Levaquin and fluids via IV. By the fifth day, the fever was gone and the cough was almost gone. I felt overwhelmingly tired for several weeks but my doctor said that is to be expected with pneumonia."

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  • Dirtr...
  • November 6, 2013

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "This medicine made me feel absolutely horrible. Funny chest feeling, foggy head, dizzy, and an overall bad feeling. Never want to take again. Last three days took 1/2 in a.m. and other 1/2 in p.m. That was a lot better. Have been off for about two weeks, and still a foggy and light headed. Do not want to take again ever. I am 71 years old and it is not recommended for older people."

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  • WARNING...
  • February 11, 2014

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Took it for 3 days. Numb skin, lips, hands and feet. I can't sense temperature. Heart rate irregular. Seeing cardiologist tomorrow. Severe pain in lower extremities, only when trying to sleep though! Oh and my legs feel like they weigh 200lbs each. Today is 11 days off of medicine and still no relief. "

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  • Feeli...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 6, 2016

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Just finished a 7 day course of Levaquin (500 mg oral tabs) for pneumonia. My infection was not severe, but I noticed effects practically immediately. Within 24 hours I felt so much better. It did make me slightly nauseous at first, until I began taking it only on a full stomach. Did not notice any other side effects. I drank a LOT of water while I was sick, which may have helped."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 26, 2016

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Permanently damaged and disabled from 500mg x 2 levaquin. Check the black box warnings. I was healthy young person. Started experiencing side effects a few hours after administration. Adverse reactions got worse. it's been almost 5 YEARS and have bodywide peripheral neuropathy, bodywide tendonosis, dry mouth eyes, nose, tinnitus, crepitus all over. The drug is poison and destroys human as well as bacterial mtDNA. Just google "Fluoroquinolone toxicity." There are safer alternatives for pneumonia. Don't ruin your life with this garbage that the FDA has failed to remove from the market."

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  • healt...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 28, 2019

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I have taken Levaquin twice in the past 2 years. The first time I went to the doctor with fever and chills, chest X-ray and labs revealed pneumonia and a kidney infection. I was getting close to being septic. My doctor sent me home with Levaquin and ask me to return in a few days to follow up. I told one dose and felt a million times better. On the 3rd day I felt fine and returned to the doctor who confirmed I was much better. The second time I got sick with an ear infection and I flat out requested Levaquin it works so well for me."

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  • SGano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 5, 2020

"I started a 10 day dose of Levofloxacin for pneumonia. I seemed to handle it fairly well. I’ve been done with it for about 10 days. I woke up with the worst pain in my knees, thigh muscles and calves. Each day it’s gotten progressively worse. I can barely walk even with pain meds. I can’t do stairs at all. My muscles are so weak. I’m really scared to see how this goes down. It cured my pneumonia but I’m paying a heavy price for that cure. I actually feel like I should be in the hospital, it’s that bad. Right now the hospital is off limits due to COVID19. I so wish I’d never taken Levofloxacin. Please think twice before taking it, the risks outweigh any good it might provide."

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  • Anonymous
  • April 15, 2009

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I've been given this medicine twice - once for serious bronchitis/pneumonia that nearly required hospitialization. Since I am a well trained athlete, hospitalization for a lung infection was serious. Doctors tried several other drugs before the Levaquin, but Levaquin was best. Now dealing with a relatively minor bronchitis and have it again. I've never had any of the side effects others listed - bear in mind that weakness and headaches and many other symptoms might just be the progression of the disease and not due to the drug. It's hard to tell since each bout is different but compared to many other drugs, this is statistically a very good bet. If you have bronchitis or a respiratory infection, take your medicines with lots of fluids."

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  • Rita...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 9, 2016

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "I was given this Horrific medication as my provider thought I had pneumonia and after taking it for 8 days, I could hardly walk and my knees were stiff and I could not get up or put any weight on my legs. My hands were swollen and I could not make a fist or open my water bottle. This Drug should be taken off the market immediately!!!! How can a physician in good conscience prescribe this medication to anyone? I just hope that I am not a permanently crippled by this medication. My chest X-ray came back negative to I did not even need an antibiotic and just needed a cough medicine and Mucinex to clear up my cough. The one time I did not have time to read the drug information because I was moving and my doctor decides to prescribe me this!!!"

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  • float...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 7, 2015

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Came down with pneumonia and this medicine fixed me right up. Was on it for 10 days and the only side effect I noticed was feeling extra tired, but that could have been the pneumonia as well. Wonderful experience."

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  • JanaGay
  • May 14, 2017

"If not for this antibiotic my husband would have been dead several times over. Incidentally I'm a Registered nurse. I see where a number have people have attributed wild "side effects' to this drug. Many are confusing symptoms of their illness with side effects of the antibiotic. Just because you experience something unusual for you when your sick doesn't mean its the fault of the antibiotic. Being ill is an abnormal state for ones body yet some of these people seem to think that any effect of the illness they weren't expecting MUST BE attributable to something else and often they blame the treatment rather than the illness. If you've been prescribed Levaquin I urge you to take many of these 'reviews' with more than a grain of salt! An EXCELLENT drug!"

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  • mwhit...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 24, 2018

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "As of right now it is the best antibiotic I've ever taken for pneumonia. I'm highly alergic to almost all antibiotic's so this is kind of my last option. I had 50% fluidization in my left lung so it was treat the pneumonia or die. I have taken one does and my fever has gone from 103.7 to 101.4 and I'm already coughing up fluids. So while the side affects are scary if you get them (I haven't) it works very well."

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  • Anonymous
  • March 27, 2010

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "This medicine is amazing and I would like to thank all the inventors and people involved in developing and commercializing this medication. I was afflicted with a pneumonia and after I started taking, I started seeing a benefit within 24-48 hours. 7 days of treatment did the job and I have myself back."

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  • The...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 23, 2013

Levaquin (levofloxacin) "Took Cipro for a pseudomonas infection and then five months later took Levaquin. Joint and tendon pain just kept getting worse and I'm still suffering from these side effects two months after discontinuing. "

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