Nick’s Story – Levaquin Poisoning

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Hello. My name is Nick Santino. I live in the NYC/Long Island area. I am 29 years old. I feel like I am 100 years old. My life was normal and I was a functional person prior to taking Levaquin in October of 2011. I had environmental allergies and I would get headaches and sinus infections from time to time but other than that I was normal. I had taken must lower doses of Levaquin in the past which could explain why I was getting the pressure headaches and at one time I had problems with focusing my vision. After taking 750mg of Levaquin for 14 days for a sinus infection I developed severe attacks of vertigo that sent me to the hospital. This occurred a few days after finishing the Levaquin treatment. During those immediate days following the last pill I didn’t feel like myself. I was weak and just felt weird. My allergist was the one who prescribed the Levaquin. It was obviously an overdose. I do not know if I should sue him. I have been sick for 7 months now. Over these past 7 months I have been getting worse. My most severe symptoms are: loss of balance, constantly dizzy (especially when turning my head), extreme fatigue, blurry/double vision, pains in my right arm hand leg and foot and hyperacusis. It is extremely difficult to do anything. I am basically disabled. Even thinking is hard. I drag myself to work every day. I do not know how much longer I can do it. I walk with a cane but it just helps me drag myself along. I have been to many many conventional doctors who have done many tests. No one knows what to do. I have been told I have fibromyalgia, ataxia, autoimmune diseases, Candida and other things. I should also mention that I was given a round of Cipro back in February of 2011 for an intestinal infection from eating a bad shrimp salad from a NYC salad place.

My finance left me in April. She didn’t believe I was sick. She thought I was making up the whole thing just not to get married. She also became very selfish and said she had to leave and think of herself. So I have lost the love of my life, my independence, had to drop out of my masters degree program and my life in general. Now my job is on the line. I do not know if I should go on disability or sue the doctor. I am searching for something anything that can relieve my disabling symptoms. Has anyone been successful with alternative treatments for loss of balance, dizziness, chronic fatigue, hearing sensitivities and vision problems? Glutathione? Ozone? Hydrogen peroxide? Diet? Supplements? Hyperbaric chamber? It seems like I have developed autoimmune diseases. Does any of this get better with time? Will I ever get my life back? I have been seeing an alternative doctor but all she has given me are some injections, Klonopin, Diflucan and supplements and told me to stay away from gluten, sugar and dairy. I know people have said to stay away from soy and meat with antibiotics in it. So what do you eat? I am sick of people saying what not to eat. So what do you eat? Just vegetables? I have lost almost 30lbs since getting floxed. I am so weak and frail. I made another appointment with another alternative dr who has more experience. Maybe he can help me. As I said my symptoms are increasing in intensity.

If anyone has any helpful information please share it with me. I am praying that I do not die from this and that I do not become disabled for life. I want my life back more than anything. I have learned how precious life is and that some people just think of themselves (my ex-fiancé and the drug companies and doctors and the FDA). This Levaquin thing is a complete and utter nightmare. What is going on? We are not suppose to just survive during our lifetime but we are suppose to live during our lifetime. If people take care of their bodies they have a chance at living life. We all did that. We got some kind of infection and then were destroyed by the medical/drug world. Our lives were denied us by evil money sucking drug companies and the FDA. On top of all that I am an only child and my family was relying on me to keep our family going. If I die without a family of my own then my family dies off. Please, any help would be most appreciative.

I hope we somehow/someday get an answer into what these drugs are doing to our bodies before it is too late.

10 thoughts on “Nick’s Story – Levaquin Poisoning

  1. Nick, I feel terrible for you, and I know exactly how you feel. I’m going through the exact same set of symptoms as a reaction to Noroxin (a Flouroquinolone similar to Cipro). I was told all of the same things; that I had an auto immune disease, candida, thyroid problems, general depression, anxiety… No one considers that these drugs are causing this much damage.
    For me, it was in March that I was hit. Vision problems, floaters, dizziness, weakness, vertigo, depersonalization, hearing issues, random severe muscle pains…
    Here’s what I believe has helped me the most:
    -Lots of Magnesium
    -Mitovive for Mitocondrial damage
    -Drink tons of water
    -Eat lots of greens
    -Get angry, then use that to fuel your willpower to keep limping along. I know what it’s like; everyday little tasks that you never thought twice about are now serious efforts. You have to keep going though, and remember that you will get better. Lisa helped me out of my funk, and I’m now back to working my 17 hour photo shoots. You’re at war now; keep fighting, and when you win, we can fight to lift the covers from the dirty pharmaceutical game of chance that is being played with our lives.

    Godspeed you!

  2. Nick…sorry to hear your troubles. Your body is trying to heal itself, even though it may not feel like it. Rest and time will make a big difference. Just wanted to share with you that yesterday I watched the video for the Epley maneuver for vertigo (… don’t know if you’ve ever seen it or if it will help you. Also, Dr. Kendal Stewart down in Texas is an expert on vertigo. You can look him up online. He has a lot of youtube videos, too. His supplement co is Neurobiologix.

  3. Nick,

    I could have written your story. I have many of the same issues, except I’m far more severe. I have made significant progress (over 6 years now) and I know of/do many things that will help you.

    Send me a friend request if your brain works well enough, if not hve soneone do it for you. Also, CHECK MY BLOG.

    I have a LOT of stuff on there you’ll find helpful. Especially my Glutathione IVs (I do them myself) that have had a HUGE impact. You WILL want to contact me as you exhibit symptoms that are hard for many Drs to understand an that I myself have become intimately familiar with. Ik know what to do when and for what, I will be of big help to you. I am living proof that attitude, strength, belief all play a role. Further, I have yet to hear of anyone as severe as I am mking nearly as much progress as I have. Writing this is hard (all writing is), but I’m here to offer you a light at the end of your tunnel.

    Your Brother in Fight,

  4. Nick,
    Thank you for this avenue of information. I’m a 29 year old that used to work full time and run a small business. Now, i’m about to lose my job and cannot put many hours into my business at all.
    I received massive doses of Levaquin through IV in the hospital to treat pneumonia.
    A week after I arrived to the hospital is when my nightmare truly began. The first symptom was congestive heart failure, then; came the pain. Indescribable pain (feels like acid flowing through your veins). Now, I cannot keep from shaking uncontrollably, balance problems, memory loss, insomnia, retinal tears. I have gone to 8 different specialists and all of them have either closed their door on me or have stated that these are psycological problems. I provided all of these “specialists” with a 25 page packet and a side effect presentation on a flash drive.
    I am blessed to have one doctor that has studied these antibiotics extensively and is willing to go through this by my side; although, managing the pain is impossible at this point.
    I am one year out from receiving these antibiotics and don’t feel any better if not worse. After being an active young person saying these side effects are devistating is an understatement. The pain prevents me from getting out of bed quiet a bit. I never thought I would have to tell the doctor that just walking to a faucet to get a glass of water is a major effort.


    • I am so sorry for all that you are going through, Neal! There is nothing okay about crippling a 29 year old with a chemo drug masquerading as an antibiotic.

      If you would like to share your story on this site please let me know. I can be reached via email at


  5. I everyone ….I am 72 yrs old…in March of 2016 I was given levaquin for bronchitis infection…the first pill I took both my arms were hurting so bad….I called the Drs office in the morning… it COULDN ‘t do that.keep taking it for a or 6 days….well I took 5 ….then I had enough…went to dr & I was given shot in both shoulders…..I was crying the pain was so bad….well I must have had a reaction,won’t give that to you again,remarked in my chart ….but my joints were never the same hurting & stiff all the time.i also have fibro…but this pain is different…I have been in so much more pain now……hardly can’ leave my house…..& driving is so bad……has anyone ever sued this levaquin drug co???????

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