Is Levaquin still effective against Gonnorhea?
Dec 26, 2008
I recently tested positive for gonnorhea. The physician prescribed Levaquin. However, I read that the CDC advises not to use Levaquin for Chlymadia or Gonnorhea infections. Is the drug still effective against both of these infections? Thanks!
Response from Dr. Frascino
Levaquin is an antibiotic that is a member of the class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Ongoing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP) demonstrate that fluoroquinolone-resistant gonorrhea is continuing to spread and is now widespread in the United States. Consequently, fluoroquinolones are no longer recommended for the treatment of gonorrhea in the United States. Ceftriaxone or Cefixime are now the recommended treatments. Advise your doctor to check with the local health department or CDC or read the new recommendations in "MMWR, April 13, 2007." (And then charge him for an office visit!)
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