-------------------- --Lymetutu-- Opinions, not medical advice! Posts: 94958 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001
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Just shows the genius of Burrascano again. This is what he writes in his Guidelines:
"Levofloxacin is generally well tolerated, with almost no stomach upset. Very rarely, it can cause confusion- this is temporary (clears in a few days) and may be relieved by lowering the dose. There is, however, one side effect that would require it to be stopped- it may cause a painful tendonitis, usually of the largest tendons. If this happens, then the levofloxacin must be stopped or tendon rupture may occur. It has been suggested that loading the patient with magnesium may prevent this problem, and if the tendons do become affected, parenteral high dose vitamin C (plus parenteral magnesium) may afford rapid relief." (page 25)
Anybody that has been "floxed" by Levaquin or Cipro or that family of meds needs to know about this relief.
Posts: 9931 | From Maryland | Registered: Dec 2007
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Having been floxed, magneisum is essential to even have a shot at recovering but don't count on it to be a miracle fix, and I definately wouldn't go near a floroquinolone again regardless of magnesium status. If you read the comments attached to the article people are relating pretty much the same thing.
Trying to determin whether particular symptoms are from either Lyme disease or an adverse floroquinolone reaction can be confusing as a lot of their respective symptoms are identical or similar. However, one pretty sure way to tell the difference, assuming one has either had an adverse reaction to a floroquinolone or has lyme but not both conditions, is time is a floxed persons best friend. With time and changes in diet, the right supplements, and other health measures, someone who is floxed is likely to see improvement if not recover, though it can take a long time, many times years. On the other hand, with lyme, without having some lyme killing strategy and detox protocol, time is your enemy and you'll surely deteriorate without properly addressing the infection.
There are some who believe that being floxed is simply a herx from an undiagnosed lyme infection, while that may be partially true in some isolated cases, typically floxed people do get better without addressing a presumed lyme infection in the ways that lyme patients have grown used to and have found necessary for any hope of recovery.
Of course, if you both have lyme and are floxed it's really difficult sometimes to sort out which symptom is caused by what.