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Levaquin Warning For Tendon Ruptures

Levaquin is a synthetic antibiotic that is used to treat patients who have certain kinds of bacterial infections.  This antibiotic is prescribed for bacterial infections found in your sinuses, bronchi, skin, and genitourinary tract.  It is a member of the class of molecules known as fluoroquinolones.  This antibiotic doesn’t work against viruses only bacteria.  You healthcare provider will have to rule out a viral infections and know that you have a bacterial infection.  Levaquin comes in tablet form, as an oral solution and can be administered intravenously.  Your doctor will determine which form is best for you.  Levaquin is associated with a number of side effects.  One major side effect is a Levaquin Tendon Rupture.  A Levaquin warning has been placed on packaging to inform physicians and consumers.  A number of Levaquin warnings have been added to packaging throughout the years. 

Beyond a Levaquin Tendon Rupture there are a number of other side effects.  Let your doctor know if you are sensitive to fluoroquinolone drugs, as serious allergic reactions have been reported.  Let your physician know if you have any organ transplants such as lung, kidney or heart as this will increase your risk for certain adverse side effects such as a Levaquin Tendon Rupture.  Make sure to visit the FDA website and read about Levaquin warnings and keep up to date. 

Levaquin Warning For Other Side Effects

Levaquin has also been known to generate liver damage.  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 in 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 you 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.  In the elderly, this may require a colectomy when Levaquin therapy is terminated.   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.  Your healthcare provider will have to monitor you closely.  Levaquin can create sun sensitivity.  Make sure to wear protective clothing to prevent sunburn and inflammation.  Interestingly, Levaquin has been administered to infants 6 months or greater to treat inhaled anthrax however it has been reported these infants had an increase in joint complications.  Generally, Levaquin is administered to adults that are 18 years of age or older.  If you have experienced a Levaquin Tendon Rupture or any other Levaquin side effects, you should contact a Levaquin attorney to inquire about your legal rights.  With new Levaquin warnings being added to packaging, this may necessitate a Levaquin Recall in the future.

Levaquin, manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson was approved by the FDA in 1996.  This synthetic antibiotic has been linked to an increased risk of a Levaquin Tendon Rupture.   The tendon most often compromised is the Achilles tendon which is found in your heel.  Other tendon ruptures have been found in the shoulder, biceps, hand and thumb.

 Lawsuits Concerning FDA Levaquin Warning

The FDA has received information about Levaquin side effects since it was first put on the market.  In 2006, a Levaquin lawsuit was filed against the FDA indicating that the FDA had ignored warnings from numerous sources about placing warnings on Levaquin packaging about a Levaquin Tendon Rupture.  Finally, in 2008, the FDA required a “black box” label be placed on all fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Levaquin.  The FDA also required all manufacturers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics to provide a medication guide warning patients and physicians of these side effects. 

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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