Reaction of hives to Levaquin
(Carson City, NV)
A few years ago, I was given a prescription for Levaquin by a dentist who said I had an infection in my mouth. I do not know why he did not just prescribe Amoxycillin. He gave me a sample pill before I left his office and I took it with a swig of water.
I went straight to Longs Drugs after that to fill the prescription. While I was waiting and browsing in the aisles, I noticed large bumps appearing on my arms. They were not itchy but were showing up with greater frequency all the time.
I went to the pharmacy desk and showed them my reaction, asking them what I should do. They told me to go and get some benadryl off the shelves, pay for it, and to take the recommended dosage. Fortunately, that did the trick. I had them call the dentist's office and they changed the prescription to amoxycillin, which did not give me any trouble.
I have never before or since had such a reaction to anything taken by mouth. Reading about some of the other reactions I could have had makes me shudder and realize that I was very lucky. I have made sure to note to any medical professionals that I am allergic to Levaquin so that I am not accidentally given one of this family of drugs.