Levaquin and peripheral neuropathy

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Now a week later I still have tingling in my hands and arms. Peripheral Neuropathy is a rare adverse reaction to quinolones. I have reported this to the FDA and to McNeil. The waring statement says (may be reversible if treated in time). Another just says irreversible. The 2004 warning from the FDA states: "{the drug} should be discontinued if the patient experiences symptoms of neuropathy . . . in order to prevent the development of an irreversible condition.
Hesitant to ignore the problem for several months, as I need my hands and feet to earn a living for my wife and small children & don't want to let it become irreversible if it's something that could be isolated and treated. Any suggestions would be intensely appreciated!
Do you know why you have peripheral neuropathy? Have you been evaluated for this? I cannot say that the levaquin was the cause of your symptoms. There are two types of sensory neuropathies in the body – large and small fibers. With small fiber neuropathies, symptoms include burning or buzzing or other vague symptoms starting in the feet and hands then in some cases spreading to other parts of the body.
Hi, It is difficult to comment without clinical examination. Levaquin can cause peripheral neuropathy which in some cases can be irreversible. It is important to know the extent of peripheral neuropathy in your case. I would suggest you to get a neurological exam done by a neurologist and tests like EMG and NCV. These tests will determine the extent of damage of the nerves and help in deciding subsequent course of treatment.
I have heard that levaquin CAN cause peripheral neuropathy and that it is often irreversible. I would actually prefer this all to be anxiety, but really just want an answer. I am scheduled for an EMG and NCVs in 3 weeks.
Recently I saw my MD and she ordered several blood tests and MRI to look for MS and other peripheral neuropathy causes. All blood tests and the MRI were normal. I think that I have had a severe drug reaction and do you think the shooting pain is Levaquin related? I took Ibuprofen for the tendon pain for 2 years starting the day after I finished the Levaquin 3 years ago. Did this increase the nerve damage? I have no balance or muscular strength problems.
after 5 days of the 10 day dose I experienced a burning and tingling sensation in the bottom of both feet and radiating up my legs. I also experienced tingling and burning in my arms and fingers. I was examined by a neurologist and his opinion was this was a reaction to the medication. I am still experiencing these symptoms. How long does this take to resolve and what if anything can I do to get relief.
Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with the use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including levofloxacin. If diarrhea occurs, evaluate for CDAD and treat appropriately. Rare cases of peripheral neuropathy have been reported in patients receiving quinolones, including levofloxacin. Discontinue if symptoms of neuropathy occur to prevent the development of an irreversible condition.
Hi there! If levofloxacin use is associated with peripheral neuropathy in an individual, chances are that ciprofloxacin could have a similar side effect and is best avoided. Hope this information is helpful. Take care!
I was prescribed neurontin for the neuropathy. Hope this will help with neuropathy and burning in legs. I have those differential diagnosis's as well.
Thank you for that link. And a sarcastic thank you to the FDA for FINALLY putting that warning out! Since at LEAST 2001 people have had terrible and long-lasting and sometimes horrible side-effects from the use of those drugs. I don't know if people here remember the anthrax scares after 9-11 when several high officials were sent anthrax in envelopes. "Tuesday, September 18, 2001, one week after the September 11 attacks.
I would attempt to answer your query regarding Levaquin. Levaquin is Levofloxacin and is once a day dosage antibiotic. The most common adverse drug reactions (≥3%) in US clinical trials were nausea, headache, diarrhea, insomnia, constipation, and dizziness. Levofloxacin is contraindicated in persons with known hypersensitivity to levofloxacin or other quinolone antibacterials.
Hi Welcome to the MedHelp forum! At times Levaquin results in a restless leg syndrome kind of thing, which is probably what you are suffering from. Other than that it can be due to peripheral neuropathy of diabetes, hypothyroidism or due to kidney disorders. Please consult your PCP for primary examination followed by proper referral. Take care!
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves that send information to and from the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. Damage interrupts this connection, and the symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. In general, the symptoms are in the arms and legs and include numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pain. Peripheral neuropathy has been listed as a side effect of fluoroquinolones since 2004.
Since then, I have had unbearable peripheral neuropathy. A recent nerve biopsy test confirmed I have small fiber neuropathy. I also had severe tendonitis for a while but that has gotten better. I assumed I had fluoroquinolone toxicity, but made a recent revelation. I was on Domperidone for nausea and had to wean off it as my prolactin levels were high. I noticed that when I used to eat or drink anything, it would instantly flare my nerve pain.
Since then, I have had unbearable peripheral neuropathy. A recent nerve biopsy test confirmed I have small fiber neuropathy. I also had severe tendonitis for a while but that has gotten better. I assumed I had fluoroquinolone toxicity, but made a recent revelation. I was on Domperidone for nausea and had to wean off it as my prolactin levels were high. I noticed that when I used to eat or drink anything, it would instantly flare my nerve pain.
Ok, Here goes...I pray someone can help me figure this out ! Here are my symptoms...very weak abdominal muscles, extreme lower back pain and muscles feel as though they are being ripped off my hips...worse on left..also left hip feels like there is a knife deep inside the hip joint. Slight scoliosis out of nowhere...I think if abdominal muscles are weak, it will pull hip & back muscles, but not sure, sinse scoliosis is a factor as well ( I don't know what the curve degree is).
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves that send information to and from the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. Damage interrupts this connection, and the symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. In general, the symptoms are in the arms and legs and include numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pain. Peripheral neuropathy has been listed as a side effect of fluoroquinolones since 2004.
(worried affecting heart) Went to MD and he gave me physical and checked thyroid and lithium levels. Normal. Referred me to nuero. Jan 04 had MRI on brain and C-spine MS suspected. All came back normal. Nerve conduction on right side came back normal Checked for Lyme and RA factor. Totally Normal.Referred to Nuero and Rheumatologist at University. Rheumo did RA factor, Electrolyte imbalances, Sed rate and too much other to name. All normal. Neuro did EMG for ALS and copper and manganese levels.
Hi, Levaquin has been associated with Irreversible Peripheral Neuropathy. There is indeed a chance that your husbands condition could be caused by levaquin. Please email me at fqhelp(at)gmail.com for more information.
I read on an insert of Cipro or Levaquin that if you are hypersensitive to one quinolone (which I was) and given a second one back to back it can cause fatal reactions, peripheral neuropathy, vasculitis, etc. stephen johnsons, and a host of horrid reactions.; At the onset of this my dermatologist said I had a classic antibiotic allergic drug rash. I have never heard of an underlying lung malignancy that displays this type of rash? Have you?
In your case, the normal EMG and MRIs go against nerve injury to the spinal cord, nerve roots, or peripheral nerves. Perhaps the long journey, and being on estrogens led to changes in the lower limb veins, which could also cause pain, tingling etc - I do not know if they did an ultrasound to look for blood clots or signs of venous insufficiency.
These symptoms sound a lot like Peripheral Neuropathy. I know cause my gran has it and it seemed to affect her pretty quickly..it started with just tingling and pins and needles and then numbness. Her treatment seems to have worked a bit so she has more strength in her hands now but still struggles to walk. Its definately neurological, so something to be looked at asap.
The FDA announced on August 15, 2013, that fluoroquinolone drugs such as Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox will be required to change packaging inserts to contain a warning for severe, permanent and disabling peripheral neuropathy. The FDA states that the damage may occur very soon into the administration of the drugs and the damage may be permanent.
Hi Alissa, How are you feeling now? Levaquin is Levofloxacin and is once a day dosage antibiotic. The most common adverse drug reactions (≥3%) in US clinical trials were nausea, headache, diarrhea, insomnia, constipation, and dizziness. Levofloxacin is contraindicated in persons with known hypersensitivity to levofloxacin or other quinolone antibacterials.
She said the fluid was gone for me to give the Levaquin about 3 days to get out of my body. 3 days and the Levaquin left and felt energetic again. The lightheadedness went away but not while I was driving which would leave me feeling terribly ill as soon as I exited the car and took hours to subside. The motion was worsening it. The Dr. then thought BPPV or Vestibular infections. Went through all their tests and everything was again fine.
Levofloxacin is associated with a number of serious and life-threatening adverse reactions as well as spontaneous tendon ruptures and irreversible peripheral neuropathy. Such reactions may manifest long after therapy had been completed and in severe cases may result in life long disabilities." SERIOUS AND LIFE THREATENING ADVERSE REACTIONS? IRREVERSIBLE PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY? LIFE LONG DISABILITIES? Why am I being prescribed this???? This will kill me!!
Sometimes EMG's are normal in the early stages of Peripheral Neuropathy. Request a QST test perhaps. It uses no needles and is easy and painless. It may take many years for a chronic PN to show up especially if it waxes and wanes. Just a possibility and this has been my experience. I have a PN, mild really compared to what it can be. Also a Myopathy is questioned but I've been at it for years. Don't happen to have Restless Leg Syndrome do you?
Cipro (and all other fluoroquinolone antibiotics) are known for causing irreversible peripheral neuropathy and it is NOT rare. Tendinitis and peripheral neuropathy happen frequently. Cipro (and Levaquin, Avelox, etc) are extremely dangerous antibiotics and should not be taken unless all other antiobiotics that could kiil the germs have been tried. Do your research before taking any of these drugs. The list of adverse drug reactions is huge with many people having been crippled from them.
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