Known generically as levofloxacin, Levaquin is an antibiotic medication manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, now known as Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Levaquin gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1996 for the treatment of bacterial infections primarily in the lungs, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract.
In 2008, the FDA released a safety alert about Levaquin and the increased risk of tendon damage when using the antibiotic. In the warning, the FDA noted that patients older than 60 years of age are at greater risk of tendonitis that could potentially result in tendon rupture.
In reviewing studies on Levaquin and tendon damage, the FDA observed that most patients reported damage to the Achilles tendon, and in some cases, patients had to undergo surgery to repair torn tendons.
Levaquin & Tendon Damage
Tendon pain, swelling, and inflammation are signs of tendonitis and tendon damage. These three signs are indicators of the potential for more serious tendon problems, such as tendon rupture. Thus, it is advisable to consult with the prescribing physician immediately upon observing any signs of compromised tendon health.
It is also important to note that signs of tendon problems may be delayed when using Levaquin. The FDA has received adverse event reports submitted by patients who used Levaquin, and experienced tendon problems months after discontinuing use of the antibiotic. As such, it is of utmost importance for patients to monitor joint health during Levaquin use, as well as the months following discontinuation.
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If you have used Levaquin, and as a result, have experienced tendon damage, Carey Danis & Lowe is available to assist you in seeking legal recourse. Discuss your case and legal options with a Carey Danis & Lowe Levaquin lawyer. Our initial consultations are free.
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