Marcela’s Story – Recovery from Levaquin Depression and Anxiety


*The following is an individual’s story of surviving fluoroquinolone toxicity. It is not medical advice. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the story. Thank you, and please be cautious with all treatments. 

I want to tell my story of recovery that was a little different from all I read here on the site.

It all started in January 2016 with a persistent throat infection where the doctor in my city prescribed me a course of Levaquin (Levofloxacin) 750mg once daily for 5 days with prednisone for an allergy in my airway. With the second tablet started to realize I was getting anxious, depressive and could not understand what was happening, and could not sleep at night. The next day I woke up worse, anxiety and depression, fear were almost uncontrollable, so I tried the doctor who had passed me the antibiotic and told her what was happening, he told me that the antibiotic was not to blame for what I was feeling and told me to finish the course of it. Still not knowing the side effects of fluoroquinolones, I finished the course with a lot of suffering.

The days went by and I realized that I had not returned to be the same as before, although I was very lucky to have had no other side effects such as nerve problems, neuropathies and tendon problems. My nights sleep was horrible, I had lost interest in everything, was afraid to do the simplest things that I used to love and had no control of my own emotions until I looked on the fluoroquinolones and my world fell with everything I read, I thought I was doomed to live side effects for life.

In February I sought a medical psychiatrist who prescribed me an antidepressant (Escitalopram). It made my anxiety much worse and gave up using it. I started researching and found that using a benzodiazepine also could only delay my recovery then dropped out of conventional medicine and looked into gentle healing methods. 

I cut alcoholic beverages, caffeine and tried to keep away from sugar. As I sought acupuncture and yoga to help me endure the side effects until gradually they were becoming less intense. Over the months I started to have good days where I could do pretty much everything that I liked to do before Levaquin, and others where the symptoms were back and I could not do anything, just trying to distract me until the day could pass and that the best days were back. During this time also I avoided any kind of allopathic medicine, especially NSAIDS and steroids. I also took several tests and they all came back normal, including vitamins and minerals. The things that helped me at that time were: exercise (I ask to carefully those who have tendon problems and nerves) breathing exercises, which help a lot in anxiety, reading, yoga, religion (spirituality) is wedded to God me It helped immensely to go through this whole situation that was by far one of the hardest I ever had in my entire life. I tried to let my body recover alone because I thought so would be the best way to get full recovery, without haste, without despair, even seeing that I had horrible days where my mind was going down hill and that it was difficult to believe any recovery.

Well now I’m almost 6 months out and I can say that I am not fully recovered, but I’m on the road today still feel anxiety and occasional fear, I still have some bad days, but I know I will get there. I can now sleep well, I am eating well, I do exercises and I am almost back to all that I liked before. I hope next year be able to return to my studies I had to stop because of problems related to the antibiotic. Stress can be terrible for people who are seeking recovery. Try to look for something to make you well, look for something that brings relief for all those months I tried many things that could help me get some relief in my symptoms, and without realizing I was recovering. I wish you all a great recovery, have calm, have faith and above all do not despair, there is no miracle cure for the problem, I think the best cure is time. Avoid taking everything you read on the internet because what may be good for one may not be for others. Any questions or concerns will be here to help them.


** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with Floxie Hope, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, affect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.

18 thoughts on “Marcela’s Story – Recovery from Levaquin Depression and Anxiety

  1. L June 27, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    Marcela, I too was given an FLQ at the same time as a prednisone. The anxiety, depression (suicidal) was nightmarish. I also had about 30 other physical side effects so it was amplified. It is so disturbing that the majority of doctors will say “can’t be the Levaquin/Cipro/etc) without even bothering to research the side effects. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery.

  2. tammyrenzi June 27, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply

    Marcela, thank you for sharing your story! It’s so good to hear of your recovery and that just giving it time and, using natural techniques, was the answer for you. It’s not appealing to many of us to treat a problem caused by a “medication” with another “medication.” Yoga and meditation has been helpful for me too.

  3. Marcela Scotini June 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

    L and you are best of effects caused?

    • L June 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

      sorry…not sure I understand the question?

  4. Marcela Scotini June 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Tammy I’m still not fully recovered, but at least I got back to my routine before being able to exercise me, sleep, study, work, things that for me were impossible in the beginning. I believe that full recovery will only come with time.

  5. tammyrenzi June 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Hi Marcela,it certainly is a process and – while I have not made a full recovery either – time did heal a great deal and I’ve been able to really be in tune with my body and even make it stronger than before. There are many, many more great days now than there were when I first took Levaquin. I was not taking very good care of myself before taking Levaquin, and now I make my health my top priority. I know your article will be so helpful to many. Each of us has a unique experience and healing journey. I so appreciate everyone that has shared their stories!

  6. Marcela Scotini June 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm Reply

    L asked if u managed to recover?

  7. Marcela Scotini June 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Tammy, I read your story and found it very good healing methods that you used to recover, did not use drugs and I think you’re right, I like you. I’ve always been a very healthy person, doing exercises 5 times a week, did not drink or smoke, it helped my recovery happen faster.

  8. L June 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    ah…well about 85 %. My breathing ,which was terrifyingly labored, is much better, thought not what it was before. I still have vision issues—large floaters, black spots and blurred vision on and off in one eye, plus light sensitivity. I still have pelvic area pressure as well as pressure around the neck where it feels like my nerves are squeezing and choking me. Anxiety is much improved but still not quite normal. I still get phantom smells too that smell like smoke or dirty ashtrays. Pretty gross. My knee just finally gave out last week, and an MRI showed torn meniscus but I still think it is related since I had started getting these little popping, crackling feelings in the months after I started Cipro.

    At my worst, I was barely walking and down 30+ pounds–just very frail, weak, and feeling like death was around the corner. I had horrible insomnia where even with a pill I would get only 1-5 hours, and didn’t sleep at all for the first couple weeks. My GI was trashed, I had olfactory nerve damage so that every single thing in the world was asphyxiating (hard to explain just how horrific this was). All together I had about 30 side effects, so in spite of the remaining problems I have come a long long way. In fact, I had started exercising again, walking on the beach a lot…until this knee thing last week. 😦

    • Richard G'Berg August 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply

      Could I enquire, when you say that you had GI issues did these extend to periods of profound and terrifying constipation? If so, how did you resolve this and how long did it take for the constipation to subside?

      Thanks, and sorry for probing!

      It’s just that mine came on, out of nowhere, at week five post poisoning and has now been with me (in varying degrees of severity) for the past eight days…


      • Barbara Arnold August 24, 2016 at 2:31 am Reply

        Are you taking a really good probioctic at least 10 to 14 strains 50 billion, also should contain a prebioctic.
        Don’t worry it will happen, but you need to relax and take the probioctic.

  9. Marcela Scotini June 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Do you have much time off?

  10. John July 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Hey Marcela,

    Glad to hear you are recovering. I am 5 months out today and while I am physically better, I still have this sense of doom and gloom constantly…do you have this? I have some mild anxiety that comes and goes but I cannot tell if it is chemically induced or self induced. I want to go out and meet people but I am afraid. How are you mentally these days?

  11. Marcela Scotini July 29, 2016 at 6:44 am Reply

    Hi John, I’m going to seven months away and many things I improved, I feel tired, my sleep is nice as well, but I still have anxiety that comes and back and depression, fear, checked my levels of vitamins B12 and Vitamin D are low, I begin to spare, I hope to help me with this

  12. Jaci August 23, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply

    Regarding loss of sense of smell. A neurologist that specialized in taste and smell found I scored very low in smell. At another neurologist’s office I couldn’t identify nutmeg as anything. I found this site below this year. Low zinc levels affect sense of smell. I did the zinc status check and tasted nothing. Just started taking zinc so I can’t tell you if it’s worked. Essential oils have also been helpful. Chemical smells would create anxiety, so I use the essential oils to calm that down

    Taken from every woman over 29/Trudy Scott/ zinc status test website:

    I, however, find that the majority of my clients with anxiety, pyroluria, depression and/or sugar and carb cravings are low in zinc. I have all my clients do the zinc status test when we start working together and then we retest their levels each week until they have good zinc levels. I use zinc sulfate, a liquid zinc that tastes a certain way depending on zinc levels.

    Zinc Status test (also called zinc taste test or zinc tally)

    Category 1:

    No specific taste or sensation – “It tastes like water” INDICATES GREATEST NEED FOR EXTRA ZINC

    Category 2

    No immediate taste noticed, but after a few seconds, a slight taste is noticed – ‘stale’, ‘dry mineral’, ‘furry’ or ‘sweet’ INDICATES SOME NEED FOR ZINC

    Category 3

    A definite mildly unpleasant taste is noticed almost immediately , and tends to intensify with time.. INDICATES LESS NEED FOR ZINC

    Category 4

    A very strong and very unpleasant taste is noticed immediately – bad enough to need to spit it out.. INDICATES NO NEED FOR ADDITIONAL ZINC, EXCEPT THAT FOUND IN A MULTIVITAMIN

    • Barbara Arnold August 24, 2016 at 2:27 am Reply

      I saw an intergrated Doctor who is also a medical Doctor who tested me for zinc. It was the exact opposite to what you are saying. For me the taste was foul, so I was short on zinc. My husband said it tasted like water, no need for zinc.
      Sorry I can’t understand, maybe your test is different. My husband has never been floxed, I have. I also had a hair test which indicated my zinc levels were low.

      • Barbara Arnold August 26, 2016 at 3:07 am Reply

        You are right, I have just researched this and also questioned my intergrated Doctor, he told me he was wrong after re reading the lable on the tester bottle. My God you can’t trust anyone these days with your health. You have to research EVERYTHING. Thanks for your post as I would not have found out

  13. L August 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm Reply

    I am guessing it is nerve damage. I had the opposite problem after Cipro. Hyperosmia, where scents are exaggerated. It’ hard to explain just how horrific this is. Had it stayed at the level it was, I would not have been able to go on. (This was in addition to suffocating like breathing and dozens of other side effects.) Everything in the world asphyxiated me…flowers, lotions, food…even a couple drops of diluted dish soap would make me choke. It prevented me from even walking outside because the smell of the flowers was so strong I couldn’t breathe. It was as if I was constantly surrounded by huge vats of bleach—that’s how strong all scents were. After some emails with experts in the field they all concurred it was nerve damage. It is now down to about 10%—scents are still stronger than normal, but bearable. However, it was also replaced by phantom smells—usually a disgust burning smoke or cigarette smell, which again is common for nerve damage.

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