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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Floxin

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Floxin Query  [posted 12/04/98]
Question: I'm am T-3 paraplegic who gets UTIs occasionally. I've been prescribed Floxin. For the past 1 - 2 years I haven't been taking the whole bottle, but only a few until my urine isn't cloudy anymore. For about the last 1 - 1.5 years, I've been coughing up phlegm. I saw on the web where Floxin is good for respiratory infections as well as UTIs and have noticed, when I'm on Floxin, my respiratory system functions normally. Is this because I'm not taking the whole 'script or what? Thank  you for your work and the help you provide.

Answer: The floxin is affecting the respiratory pathogens as well as the urinary tract ones and decreasing the amount of infection/bronchitis. By the way a drug called Levoquin is identical in effect to floxin and contains only the biological active part of floxin, hence decreasing side effects.

Levoquin - A Floxin Dimer [posted 12/01/98]
Question: I have a family member who has taken Levaquin in the past couple of months. I had never heard of it before and was wondering if you could e-mail me info about it I would like side effects and any kind of warning signs about it. Thank you very much for your time.

Answer: Levaquin belongs to the quinolone family of antibiotics. This is a class which has broad activity and has very good serum levels with oral administration. Levaquin is the active dimer (the L one) of Floxin which is a racemic mixture of both L and D (levo and dextro) forms. It has less side effects per mg as a consequence. Side effects are nausea, weird dreams, diarrhea and occasional allergic reactions. There are a bunch others listed, but, these are the common ones.

Could This be Floxin after Effects
Question: I took floxin 2 years ago and am still suffering the after effects. I experienced the toxic psychois severe anxiety confusion and highly elevated blood pressure and many more but what is the most damaging is the pressure I feel in my head and the severe dizzines and distorted vision all seems to be on the left side of my head including my jaw I have not had a stroke confirmed by an MRI.

Answer: Not from floxin.

General Information
Question: I am currently taking a RX called floxin, which I am told is an antibiotic. I am also told that this drug is a prophylactic. What precisely does this definition of “prophylactic” actually mean? Should I be experiencing any bodily function changes? Please advise ASAP.

Answer: Floxin is the brand name for ofloxacin which belongs to the quinolone group of antibiotics. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic used for respiratory and urinary tract infections and occasionally for bowel infections. It can be used for prevention of urinary tract infections after catheter insertion and occasionally for prevention of other infections that would be in the spectrum of bacteria that this antibiotic kills.

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