Levaquin® can lead to severe tendon injuries!

Levoflaxin is available under the brand name Levaquin® and manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical. This is a powerful quinolone antibiotic prescribed in the treatment of bacterial infections of the sinus, skin, kidney, lungs or urinary tract.

Side effects of Levaquin®

Levaquin® is routinely prescribed, but it can lead to severe side effects.

The major side effect of Levaquin® usage is that it can severely affect tendons. This includes tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon which is not restricted to any particular part of the body but can occur anywhere and is extremely painful. The most common are Achilles tendonitis, which affects the heel, and patellar tendonitis, which affects the knee. A torn tendon is another possible side effect, causing extreme levels of pain that may even leave a patient permanently disabled. Tendon side effects may not cease once usage of the drug is stopped, and they can last for months after.

The other side effects that could appear are skin rash, hives, skin allergies, heartbeat irregularities, problems with swallowing or breathing, and swelling of areas like the face, lips, tongue or throat. It can affect the nervous system too, manifesting as nerve pain, numbness, weakness, tingling sensations and so on.

FDA & Levaquin®

The FDA has insisted on a boxed warning. It also released the following health alert in October 2008, “Fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, are associated with an increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture in all ages. Tendon rupture can occur during or after completion of therapy; cases occurring up to several months after completion of therapy have been reported. Levaquin should be discontinued if the patient experiences pain, swelling, inflammation or rupture of a tendon. Patients should be advised to rest at the first sign of tendonitis or tendon rupture, and to contact their health-care provider regarding changing to a non-quinolone antimicrobial drug.”

Contact Us

If you find that you and your loved ones have had serious tendon injuries linked to the usage of Levaquin®, you could be legally entitled to compensation. Contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer for more information, at 866-529-0001, Extension 245.

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