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Levaquin User Reviews & Ratings

Levaquin has an average rating of 5.3 out of 10 from a total of 410 reviews on Drugs.com. 41% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 43% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Levaquin

  • Elmo
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 23, 2020

For Bacterial Infection "I took this drug Levaquin after several other drugs failed to cure a severe skin infection. I was told it was an antibiotic resistant infection. I was put on a 500mg dose for two weeks. The first night, I had the most severe body cramps I had ever experienced in my life. They went from my neck to my toes and diagonally across my body. I thought I was going to die or that I would be better off dead; it was that severe. I started to have other symptoms like severe pain in my wrists, ankles, and tendons. By the end of the first week, I could no longer walk unassisted. I couldn't even rest my hands on a shopping cart because of the severe pain it caused in my wrists. The Levaquin side effects lasted almost a year - I was incapacitated for almost a year before I could walk again."

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  • Anonymous
  • January 25, 2011

For Pneumonia "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

For Pneumonia "My husband had the very beginning of pneumonia (doctor almost didn't recognize it on the x-ray). After taking 1 dose of Levaquin, he started having seizures. He developed Torsades de Pointes, which is a heart condition. He 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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  • nick
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 14, 2013

For Sinusitis "I have had sinus infection problem for the past 5-6 years. I typically get it around Spring time when my allergies are bad, and then I get a cold infection, and then my body gives up. The doctor prescribed 500 mg of Amoxicillin two times a day. I took it for 7 days. On the 9th day, the sinus infection came back with fever, congestion, sneezing, etc. The doctor then put me on Cefdinir - 250 mg two times a day. I showed improvement in the first 2 days. It cleared my nose so that at least I started breathing again. On the 5th day, it stopped working. My sinus would not clear. The doctor then changed me to Levaquin, 500 mg, once a day. There was a huge improvement on day 1 itself. On Day 2-70%. Day 3-80%, Day 4-90%, Day 5-100%. Make sure to complete the 7-10 days of treatment. Drink lots of fluids. No muscle pain or tendinitis."

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  • Steph...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 29, 2023

For Urinary Tract Infection "I was prescribed this drug for a UTI, and took it for the first time at night around 9pm. What a mistake. I was in bed on my ipad, when I felt my anxiety rising. A couple hours go by and my anxiety is worsening, and all I want is to go to sleep, but I am now wide awake. I take 10mg of melatonin. A couple more hours go by and I am still wired, and anxiety has turned into a panic attack. It is now around 4 am, and I am still panicking, and wired. My heart is racing, my foot was fidgeting, my skin feels weird and I am also now hallucinating. I felt like my face was distorted, and I had to get up to go look in the mirror to see what it looked like, because my face felt absolutely crazy. I felt like I was going insane and contemplated going to the ER. I was awake until 7 am, and I quit this drug. The worst reaction I’ve ever had. It’s now on my allergic list. I’d give it a 0 if I could."

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  • Jennf...
  • August 27, 2013

For Sinusitis "I was very nervous when I was prescribed this medicine due to some other reviews I have read. I have had a sinus infection for the last 5 weeks and didn't clear up with the first round of Amoxicillin. I was given 500 mg of Levaquin for 10 days. I'm on day 9 and the sinus infection is completely gone. It took about 5 days for it to really start working. The only side effects I had were low appetite and trouble sleeping. The trouble sleeping was hard to deal with but I offset it with Unisom, and that seemed to do the trick. I also took the medicine after lunch instead of right before bed. No upset stomach like I normally get with antibiotics. Would definitely use again and recommend."

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

For Pneumonia "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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  • Punky
  • May 9, 2013

For Bronchitis "Two years ago I suffered with chronic pneumonia for over a year. It seemed my GP couldn't be bothered to figure out why I wasn't getting better. (I later found out she had never prescribed Levaquin to people, nor did she know that this was a medicine that should be considered when the first 'go-to' antibiotics don't work. Finally, after another ER visit, I sought the advice of a great pulmonologist who prescribed 750mg of Levaquin for a 10-day course. I started feeling better immediately, and it was the last antibiotic I had to take because it finally knocked out the pneumonia. I had no side effects. I have pneumonia again and went straight to Levaquin. I now request it & is the only antibiotic I'll take for these types of infections."

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  • schol...
  • February 22, 2013

For Urinary Tract Infection "I was given Levaquin for a urinary tract infection after first trying Bactrim, which didn't work. I was really worried to use Levaquin because I read a lot of bad reviews for it. However, the only effect I had was that I felt speedy the first day I took it. Subsequent days, I did not have this problem, and I made sure to take it in the morning so it wouldn't affect my sleep. It cured my infection wonderfully, and I had no upset stomach or yeast infection after effects. Three months later, I got another urinary tract infection, and Levaquin again did the trick. I really like this antibiotic!"

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • June 5, 2012

For Bronchitis "Levaquin is the only antibiotic that works for me when I get either bronchitis or pneumonia. I take 750mg for 10 days, and I swear by it. I've been taking it for years with no noticeable side effects. I am now 62."

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  • Sophie
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 24, 2019

For Urinary Tract Infection "I was only taking 100mg of Levaquin 2x a day, very low dose, but since day 3 I started having tingling and weakness in legs and dizziness, but because I wasn’t warned about the black box warnings, I continued to take it, until on day 6 was taken into emergency because of loss of feeling in legs and hands. 3 months later I continue having nerve damage. The side effects are permanent and debilitating."

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

For Pneumonia "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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  • Anonymous
  • October 18, 2012

For Sinusitis "I love Levaquin. No other antibiotic even touches my sinus infections. My head starts to drain within hours of the first pill. Sinus pressure that I didn't even realize I had starts to go away the first day. The dose is generally only 1 pill a day, which makes things easy to remember. Often I will have sinus problems after dental work. I take Levaquin and my sinuses aren't irritated, don't swell and my teeth hurt less. I highly recommend this antibiotic. The only problems I ever experienced were occasional dry mouth and mild diarrhea on the first day."

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  • Foxho...
  • March 16, 2020

For Bacterial Infection "Started on generic levaquin for testicular pain that didn't respond to other treatments. 500mg 1x a day for 10 days. Felt a little off the first 3 days but manageable. By day 4 and 5 I was having chest pain, left arm numbness, and severe panic attacks. Ended up in the ER. They told me it was the levaquin but to keep taking it. After getting home I continued to have unprovoked panic attacks and wasn't able to regulate my body temp. Today is supposed to be day 6 but I'm not taking this rubbish anymore. It may be helping the testicle pain (I'm taking it for Epididymitis) but I'd rather be in pain than feel how I feel now. I'm 31 and feel like I'm 70. Gonna keep drinking fluids and hope for the best. Hopefully no lasting damage from this medicine. I'm sure it works good but I really wish my doctor had warned me about what could happen."

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  • BuzzM...
  • March 6, 2013

For Sinusitis "I was given Levaquin for a persistent sinus infection. By the time I saw the doctor, it was almost two months of sinus problems that were just getting worse. I was put on a 14-day regimen. For me, Levaquin worked. It took about 8 days for the sinus pain to start going away, and another 7-8 days for complete clear-up of the infection (no runny nose, no sinus pain around the eyes, etc.). I heard some people have much quicker turnaround times for getting better, but at least it worked. I had no side effects at all, not even upset stomach, like I get with other antibiotics."

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

For Pneumonia "Was sick for a week with pneumonia and went to urgent care. 102°F 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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  • Sel
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 1, 2020

For Sinusitis "500MG x 1 a day. I took one pill. I was warned about the black box by my doctor but, I don't even know if that matters at this point. I experienced extreme tendon, joint and ligament swelling for over 48 hours. That was nothing tho, compared to the nerve pain in my arms and extreme weakness. Three days later since taking just one and the weakness/electric shocks are now in my legs too. I can't even hold a glass or balance myself properly while walking. Just typing is difficult. My doctor basically told me "This could get better, this could get worse or it could just never change. There's no treatment and people improve or don't at different rates from anywhere to weeks to months to years." TL;DR: Don't take Levaquin, even if you have handled Cipro in the past. It's not worth it, unless it's an emergency and life threatening infection. I now have to just hope I improve."

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  • R8DER...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 27, 2015

For Sinusitis "I now rarely get sick, but I've had sinusitis for years due to my allergies. I've found out from my experience with sinus infections that there is no better drug than LEVAQUIN for killing a sinus infection. I just went to the doctor for my ears being clogged for about 4 weeks now, and she said I have fluid behind my eardrums and prescribed me 7 days of Levaquin 500mg. I'm about to start taking it tonight, and in a few days, I'll see results... I've used it a number of times for bad sinus infections, and it never fails to work with no side effects that I can see. Great drug. : )"

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

For Pneumonia "Went to the ER with severe coughing, chest pains, and fever. After X-rays, 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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  • Zsla
  • January 1, 2016

For Sinusitis "Levaquin is my miracle prescription for sinus infections. I usually get 2 really nasty sinus infections a year. Levaquin is the ONLY antibiotic that has worked for me. I have never had any side effects, other than getting well! I always take it exactly as prescribed: 1 per day (for 10 days) with lots of water."

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  • Snoop
  • April 5, 2013

For Pneumonia "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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  • Anonymous
  • February 16, 2012

For Bronchitis "I have had both bronchitis and pneumonia at least every other year for the past 20 or so years. Out of all of those illnesses, I was given Levaquin twice and cannot understand why it wasn't prescribed more. I didn't have any side effects at all. In fact, my recovery time with this medicine was marked in days and not weeks like the other prescriptions! One year I actually lost 3 weeks of work (could have actually used more time but I didn't have any time left). I'm actually battling bronchitis right now, and when I asked why Levaquin wasn't prescribed since it has worked so well in the past, the doctor just looked at me and said he prefers Amoxicillin. Fine for him... he's not stuck in bed coughing up lungs!"

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  • Layla...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 5, 2015

For Urinary Tract Infection "I suffer from recurring UTIs. My doctor prescribed Levaquin. After a few days, my UTI symptoms went away. I suffer from bipolar disorder, so I can't make the direct link of the mood-related side effects to the Levaquin. The only side effects that I can link to the use of Levaquin are as follows: tiredness, exacerbation of sciatica, joint pain, feeling unsteady while walking, nausea, stomach pain, agitation, insomnia, minor depression, foggy-headed, and confusion. I did not suffer the four most common side effects. All of the symptoms I experienced were tolerable. The Levaquin worked on my UTI within 3 days, and I continued the medication as prescribed. While others have suffered from worse side effects, that was not my experience."

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  • Kansa...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 6, 2018

For Sinusitis "My doctors will try everything but this medication. Every. Single. Time. It gets old. I get prednisone, nasal washes, low dose antibiotics, all in vain. Currently I have been suffering for two weeks and once again, the whole protocol that doesn't work. Finally able to get the Levaquin last night and feel so much better after only one dose. The congestion in my sinuses is finally breaking loose. I have taken this medication for years and knock on wood, so far, no problems."

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  • Breee
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 5, 2014

For Urinary Tract Infection "I am allergic to a lot of antibiotics (and always get side effects!) and get sick a lot. I used to take Z-Packs almost once a month, and now I wonder why I hadn't tried Levaquin sooner! This is my 3rd time on Levaquin this year. I took it twice for my chronic ear infection with success. The first time my joints felt like I was an arthritic old lady! The 2nd time I had only some ankle and finger pain. I'm on day 1 today for a urinary tract infection and ear infection from a water park. I can feel it working, and I have no joint pain."

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