Have You Been Harmed by Levaquin?

What is Levaquin?

Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is member of the class of antibiotic medications called flouroquinolones. Levaquin is most commonly used to treat lung, sinus, skin, and urinary tract infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Over the last several months Levaquin has come under fire over adverse reactions linked to the medication. Patients taking Levaquin have suffered from tendon pain, tendinitis, and tendon ruptures that have now been directly tied to the use of Levaquin.

Most of the tendon related injuries reported by Levaquin users have been associated with the shoulder rotator cuff tendons and the Achilles tendon located in the back of the foot. These injuries can be extremely painful and in many cases require surgical repair of the torn or damages tendon. Levaquin users have also reported numerous other side effects including shortness of breath and swelling of the neck and face.

FDA “Black Box” Warning

On July 8, 2008 the FDA issued it strongest waning, a “Black Box” warning, for Levaquin and other flouroquinolone medications for an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. The decision to add the “Black Box” warning to the label of Levaquin was based on the FDA’s investigation of hundreds of reports of tendon injuries suffered by users of Levaquin and other similar antibiotics.

Other Levaquin Related Injuries and Side Effects

In addition to tendon pain, tendinitis, and ruptured or torn tendons Levaquin users have also reported the following injuries and serious side effects:

  • dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat;
  • sudden pain or swelling near your joints (especially in your arm or ankle);
  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • confusion, hallucinations, depression, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, weakness;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • easy bruising or bleeding;
  • numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet;
  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild.

Less serious Levaquin side effects may include:

  • nausea, diarrhea, constipation;
  • feeling restless, anxious, or depressed;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • muscle pain;
  • sleep problems (insomnia or nightmares);
  • vaginal itching or discharge; or
  • mild skin itching.

Levaquin Lawsuits and Legal Representation

If you or a loved one has suffered from tendonitis, tendon rupture or any other tendon related injury please contact us today for a free consultation with one of our Levaquin attorneys. You can contact us 24 hours a day by filling out the contact form on this page or calling us toll free at 1-800-906-6015.

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