As a prescription antibiotic, Levaquin® is used to treat a number of bacterial infections, including infections of the urinary tract, sinuses, lungs, and skin. However, Levaquin® has serious potential side effects such as seizures, skin rashes, and hallucinations. Treatment with Levaquin® can result in severe, sometimes long-term tendon injury.
Levaquin® Tendon Injury
A Levaquin® tendon injury is an unexpected and painful outcome of what should have been a normal antibiotic treatment. As a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Levaquin® (and other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class) has caused tendon injuries in hundreds of people.
The maker of Levaquin®, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, introduced this drug to the U.S. market in 1996. Soon thereafter, reports of tendon problems in Levaquin®-treated patients began to arrive at the offices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA case database now includes more than 250 cases of tendonitis, 260 cases of tendon ruptures (i.e., completely torn tendons), and 275 cases of other tendon damage related to treatment with a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.
Achilles Tendon, Other Tendons
Levaquin® is responsible for about 60 percent of the tendon injuries reported to the FDA. The damage has been to tendons in the biceps, thumb or wrist, shoulder (rotator cuff), and knee. Most of the time, for unknown reasons, the Levaquin® injury is done to the Achilles tendon, the tendon that connects muscles in the lower leg to the heel of the foot.
Levaquin® Tendon Injury Symptoms
If you have taken Levaquin® and you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of a tendon injury, you should contact your doctor immediately:
· sudden, severe pain in a tendon
· swelling or bruising at the site
· difficulty using the limb or part of the body that hurts
Contact a Levaquin® Plaintiffs' Attorney
Levaquin® injuries can cause significant medical bills and other losses. If you've experienced an injury that may have been caused by Levaquin® treatment, you can consult an attorney about your legal rights. Your losses may be eligible for compensation from Ortho-McNeil.