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Levaquin Increases the Risk of Tendon Rupture 

Levaquin is a synthetic antibiotic used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections.  It is a member of the fluoroquinolone forms of antibiotics.  Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections found in your sinuses, bronchi, skin infections and certain genitourinary infections.  This drug is not used to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) commonly found in hospitals.  Due to the overuse of antibiotics and disinfectants, resistant forms of bacteria are common in the clinical setting.  Your doctor will have to rule out a viral infection and know that you have a bacterial infection, as Levaquin does not kill viruses.  Levaquin can be taken as a tablet, oral solution or intravenously.  Depending on your particular case, your doctor will determine which form is best for you.  One severe side effect of Levaquin is a Levaquin Tendon Rupture.  These ruptures have required the FDA to place a Levaquin Warning on Levaquin packaging.

Other Side Effects of Levaquin

Not only has Levaquin been reported to generate a Levaquin Tendon Rupture but liver damage as well.  If you experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fever or yellowing of the skin or eyes contact your doctor immediately as these are symptoms of damage to your liver.  Nervous system disorders have also been reported.  If you experience convulsion, confusion, insomnia, depression and anxiety contact your doctor.  Other nervous system disturbances include changes in sensation such as pain, burning, tingling, numbness or weakness as this may indicate Levaquin induced nerve damage.  It is possible you may experience diarrhea after your treatment is terminated.  This is not unusual with many antibiotics.  However, inflammation of the colon has been reported and may generate chronic diarrhea, bloody stools with cramping and fever.  There have been rare reports of heart arrhythmias so if you have a past-history of abnormal heartbeats or low potassium levels let your doctor know.  He/she will have to monitor you closely.  Levaquin as well as a number of other antibiotics are known to create sun sensitivities.  You will want to stay away from excessive sunlight.  It is a good idea to wear protective clothing to prevent sunburn and inflammation on your skin.  All of these symptoms have necessitated a Levaquin Warning be placed on all prescriptions. 

Learn More About the Levaquin Warning

Levaquin, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson was approved by the FDA in 1996.  This antibiotic has been linked to an increased risk of a Levaquin Tendon Rupture as well as permanent damage of the tendon.  The tendon most commonly affected while on Levaquin is the Achilles tendon found in the heel but may occur in the shoulder, biceps, hand and thumb.  The Levaquin Warning has been updated a number of times.  To learn more about the Levaquin Tendon Rupture and Levaquin Warning, visit the FDA website for Drug Warnings to keep informed as the warning changes.

If you have experienced a Levaquin Tendon Rupture or any other tendon related illness while on Levaquin, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You might want to contact a Levaquin attorney to see if you qualify for a Levaquin lawsuit.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Levaquin Therapy, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.  

 

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