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Levaquin Tendon Rupture Lawsuit
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Levaquin is a prescription antibiotic drug used to treat lung, skin, sinus and urinary tract infections caused by bacteria. It is a member of the quinolone class of antibiotics. The generic name for Levaquin is levofloxacin. Levaquin is manufactured and marketed by Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. and has been on the market since it received FDA approval in 1996.
FDA Drug Alert: Levaquin Tendon Side Effects Warning
On July 8, 2008, the FDA issued a Drug Alert that required a black box warning of the risk of tendon rupture and tendonitis linked to the use of Levaquin (levoflaxin) and other antibiotic drugs in the fluoroquinolone class. A black box warning is the strongest FDA warning used to alert patients of the risks of dangerous side effects associated with a prescription drug. The FDA Alert also notified drug makers that a Medication Guide should come with Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotic medications to warn patients about the possible serious adverse side effects.
Levaquin Tendon Injury - Achilles Rupture
Levaquin (levofloxacin) use has been linked to tendon injury and tendon damage, occurring both during and after the course of Levaquin antibiotic therapy. The serious, adverse side effects of Levaquin include an increased risk of tendon rupture.
Tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of a tendon. The Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle is the most commonly ruptured tendon. In addition to an increased risk of Achilles tendon rupture, Levaquin use is linked to an increased risk of tendon ruptures in the rotator cuff (shoulder), the biceps, the hand and the thumb.
Levaquin tendon injury symptoms often include sudden pain and swelling, most often to the Achilles tendon. Levaquin tendon injuries can occur within hours, days, weeks or months after taking Levaquin.
Treatment for a Levaquin tendon injury depends on how severe the tendon damage. Less severe tendon injuries sometimes may be treated with a cast, brace or splint to immobilize the injured tendon. More severe Levaquin tendon injury cases, such as an acute tendon rupture, may require tendon repair surgery.