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Levaquin is not a Cure for Bartonella


Amazingly, people who have read almost nothing on Bartonella nor done advanced complex research are directing others on Bartonella treatment with articles, misc. booklets, "expert" talks or books. One dangerously flawed position is that Levaquin is a cure for serious Bartonella. A short effect is confused with cure.

Bartonella can persist and some call this "atypical Bartonella." If you do not read full-time for at least a year on this emerging powerful infection you can feel this is just a cold like infection. Wrong. Merely read and see this is so---I mean read more than a few poor review articles.

Bartonella kills many ways and causes damage to every organ on the body at least 20 ways. And we will not even mention all the neurology and psychiatry issues it causes, such as serious neuron inflammation and impaired neuron function, together with mania, rage, personality disorders like borderline black and white thinking, panic, depression, suicide and OCD.

One person has suggested that Levaquin is thee cure. Yet we have inherited many past patients with long Levaquin treatment and high doses who fully failed cure. Some lost medical or other symptoms, but they returned in seasons or years--but not always the same symptoms. Therefore, it is easy to see how smart people can see real and clear benefit from Levaquin, Zithromax, Rifampin or mycobutin. Yet, simple direct and very extensive advanced post testing of inherited patients shows Bartonella is still present.

It is possible increasing magnesium inside tendons and other cells lowers risk. I increase intracellular Magnesium many ways for over 100 reason, but never use Levaquin due to risks, Amusingly, many MD's use Levaquin and Cipro like water for a wide range of things and never mention risks or offer probiotics proven to bind and proliferate in the intestinal tract. Oral magnesium is absorbed poorly and is only good for constipation. This is useful, but is also questionable if oral magnesium makers claim useful absorption.


As a prescription antibiotic, Levaquin is used to treat a number of bacterial infections, including infections of the urinary tract, sinuses, lungs, and skin. However, Levaquin has serious potential side effects such as seizures, skin rashes, and hallucinations. Treatment with Levaquin can result in severe, sometimes long-term tendon injury.

A Levaquin tendon injury is an unexpected and painful outcome of what should have been a normal antibiotic treatment. As a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Levaquin (and other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class) has caused tendon injuries in huge numbers of people, and certainly many others who have never been reported to the FDA.

The maker of Levaquin, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, introduced this drug to the U.S. market in 1996. Soon thereafter, reports of tendon problems in Levaquin-treated patients began to arrive at the offices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is in a class of antibiotics called fluroquinolone, which have come under attack for tendon damage and ruptures in the Achilles tendon, the rotator cuff (shoulder), the biceps, the hand, and the thumb. In 2008 the government demanded an urgent safety warning on Levaquin and similar antibiotics, citing evidence that they might lead to serious tendon ruptures that could leave patients incapacitated and needing extensive surgery. Since the FDA opposed and attacked violently health claims for folic acid as a prevention for birth defects, the evidence must have been clear in the case of Levaquin to basically put an X on the bottle.

The Food and Drug Administration forced makers of this class of drugs to add a prominent "black box" warning to their products and develop literature for patients emphasizing the risks.

It is a shame this took so long since in the 90's we knew this was an issue but only added this disastrous side effect in the list of vast numbers of troubles.

Levaquin Induced Tendon Ruptures Can Be Avoided

Tendon ruptures associated with these drugs continue to occur at a disturbing rate but could be prevented if doctors and patients were more aware of the early warning signals, such as the onset of tendon pain, and switched to other antibiotics. The cause might be that fluoroquinolones are toxic to tendon fibers and may decrease blood supply in tendons that already get a low amount of blood.

Antibiotics Linked to Tendon Rupture

Other antibiotics may also cause tendon damage

  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)
  • Cipro XR (Proquin XR)
  • Factive (gemifloxacin)
  • Penetrex (Enoxacin)
  • Tequin (Gatifloxacin)
  • Levaquin (Levofloxacin)
  • Maxaquin (Lomefloxacin)
  • Avelox (Moxifloxacin)
  • Noroxin (Norfloxacin)
  • Floxin (Ofloxacin)

Levaquin and Cipro Tendon Rupture Sample Numbers

The FDA's database includes many hundreds of cases of tendon ruptures.

  • 61% of the tendon ruptures reported to the FDA was caused by Levaquin.
  • 23% of the tendon ruptures reported the FDA was caused by Cipro.

Levaquin Ruptures Tendons

Levaquin ruptures the Achilles tendon and ruptures in the rotator cuff (shoulder), the biceps, the hand, and the thumb. Below is a brief list of symptoms often associated with an Achilles tendon rupture:

  • sudden and severe pain
  • swelling and bruising
  • difficulty walking


Symptoms of tendonitis that are produced near a joint worse with movement and perhaps:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Mild swelling, in some cases

Tendonitis in various locations in your body:

  • Tennis elbow. This type causes pain on the outer side of your forearm near your elbow when you rotate your forearm or grip an object. Golfer's elbow causes pain on the inner part of your elbow.
  • Achilles tendonitis. This form causes pain just above your heel.
  • Adductor tendonitis. This type leads to pain in your groin.
  • Patellar tendonitis. In this type, you experience pain just below your kneecap.
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis. This tendonitis leads to shoulder pain.



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