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bcb1200
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Just wondering as I start Levaquin mid September. I want to do it to get my Bart and it is the drug of choice...but at the same time I'm a bit scared of tendonitis.

I usually tolerate drugs pretty well. I could take 400mg Doxy on an empty stomach no problems. I didn't burn in the sun. Flagyl has been pretty easy going on me most of the time.

I hope Levaquin will be kind!

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carly
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I had no problems on levaquin. I have not had a problem since (about 11-12 mos ago).

I was on it for about 4 mos.

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I did/do not have tendonitis on levaquin but had a hard time tolerating it because of dizziness...that said, i took 1/2 dose one week and the full dose the following.

i do this throughout and can tolerate it easier this way.

Good luck!

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Stacyb
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I have had no tendon issues on Factive but
is is only pulsed but in the same family of
drugs as Levaquin

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pj1954
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I had none but I did load up on vitamin c before starting it !

if you know about the tendon issues and your carefull you should have no issues !

I think the benefits outweigh the risk involved.

[ 08-18-2010, 01:53 PM: Message edited by: pj1954 ]

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I was on it a couple of years ago. Used it for two months. I had no problems whatsoever.

I have also used ciprofloxacin for a long time. Also no problems with that.

I took magnesium and calsium supplements. Don't know if that helped but it might. Dr. B. speculated that those could prevent problems. I wasn't on the supplements all the time. It was on/off for a long time. Most of the time I was off.

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I had no problems. And it had a positive impact.
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sorry, but i had tendon problems about a couple of weeks in. i couldn't even walk up stairs...

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I took it and it might have caused mild tendon problems for me. My LLMD thinks it was a herx, but I am not sure.

My pain was not in the tendons supposedly most often affected.

I took it for 5 months. The pain went away after I stopped it. I've been off from it for 7 months with no problems.

I would definitely take it again if my LLMD prescribed it again.

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There is a lot more to worry about than tendon issues.
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bcb1200
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Thanks all...I'd love to hear more positive stories.

I know there are risks...but then again I'm more worried about my Bart so I think the risks may be worth it if I take precautions. My LLMD says I'll be on for 1-2 months MAX.

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Bite date ?
2/10 symptoms began
5/10 dx'd, after 3 months numerous test and doctors

IgM Igenex +/CDC +
+ 23/25, 30, 31, 34, 41, 83/93

Currently on:

Currently at around 80% +/- most days.

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I was spiraling down for 8 months until I was put on Levaquin for 3 months. 5 days on it and I had the first hint of improvement. I did have some tenderness in the achilles tendon area and elbows though these areas had already been affected by the disease. I still have tenderness in the ankle area but have been able to snowboard carefully. I do not think I would have improved at all without it.
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No problems here. Terrible herx that included knee pain, but no tendonitis. Saw a lot of improvement with it. I took it for 3 months.

I did quit doing things that might cause injury -- like in weight-lifting I only used machines where before I used free weights. I stopped playing racquetball (don't be too impressed, I'd play my daughter and we didn't keep score, I'd lie down on the floor between "points").

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