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 Antibiotic Levaquin Linked to Unexpected Tendon Injuries.

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PostSubject: Antibiotic Levaquin Linked to Unexpected Tendon Injuries.   Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:00 pm

The Potent Antibiotic Levaquin Has Been Tied to Painful Tendon Ruptures and Other Injuries

Levaquin (generic levofloxacin) is a powerful, prescription antibiotic made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical that has been linked to an increased risk of tendon ruptures, tendonitis, and other serious injuries. As part of the group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, Levaquin is commonly used to treat bacterial infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, ears, airways, bones, and joints. Tendons can rupture quickly, within hours of taking Levaquin, or the injury may take weeks to develop. In some cases, patients feel pain and notice swelling or bruising in the area of the tendon, but some patients report seeing no symptoms of problems before they are injured.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation
FDA Warns Users of Levaquin About Risk of Tendon Ruptures

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July 2008 ordered Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical to add prominent "Black Box" warnings about the risks of tendon ruptures and tendonitis to the packaging of Levaquin. The FDA required the drug manufacturer to further alert patients, pharmacists and physicians of the increased risk of such injuries after taking the drug.

Although the FDA said many of the injuries could be avoided if patients stopped taking the drug at the first sign of pain or swelling in the tendon and notified their physicians, some injured patients experienced no pain or swelling in the tendon before suffering their injuries.
Other Antibiotic Brands Linked to Tendon Injuries

In addition to Levaquin, the following brands of antibiotics have also been associated with painful tendon ruptures, tendonitis, and torn tendons:

   * Cipro (ciprofloxacin or ciprofloxacin hydrochloride), made by Bayer HealthCare
   * Avelox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride), made by Bayer HealthCare

Other Common Antibiotic Injuries

The use of Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics has also been linked to injuries including:

   * Swelling of the throat and face
   * Difficulty swallowing or breathing
   * Irregular heartbeat
   * Tingling sensation in the extremities
   * Hives
   * Loss of consciousness

If you or a loved one suffered a ruptured tendon, tendonitis, or other injury while taking Levaquin, we encourage you to seek legal help.
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* Did injury symptoms begin within 60 days of last use? Yes No

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