Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic prescribed to treat pneumonia, bladder infections, and more. Levaquin use has been linked to tendon and ligament injuries. Levaquin tendon rupture can be so severe that it causes permanent disability, and it can happen within hours of taking your first dose.

Levaquin Tendon and Ligament Injuries

If you experience tendon pain, swelling, or inflammation while taking Levaquin, stop using the affected area immediately, stop taking the drug, and call your doctor right away. By taking these steps you may be able to avoid a serious tendon rupture.

Unfortunately, Levaquin injuries can occur with no preceding pain or other warning signs. It can happen within hours of taking your first dose, or not until you have been taking the drug for weeks.

The areas of the body most often injured by Levaquin are Achilles tendon, shoulder, or hand. Injuries can include:

  • Tendon rupture
  • Ligament injury
  • Tendonitis

Levaquin tendon rupture can be so severe as to require surgery. Even less severe tendon injuries are very painful and slow to heal. Many tendon injuries never fully heal, and result in reduced strength and range of motion, as well as a high likelihood for re-injury.

Risk Factors

Anyone who takes Levaquin can develop Levaquin tendon and ligament injuries. Those at elevated risk include:

  • People who have had heart, lung, or kidney transplant
  • People over 60 years old
  • Concomitant steroid therapy patients

Levaquin Uses

Levaquin is in a class of broad spectrum antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. They are effective against both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, but not against viruses. Levaquin is prescribed to treat infections including:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Prostate infections
  • Skin infections
  • Sinus infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Anthrax

Levaquin is very dangerous to fetuses, nursing babies, and young children. It should never be prescribed to a young child except to treat anthrax.

Other Side Effects of Levaquin

In addition to tendon and ligament injury, Levaquin can have the following side effects:

  • Sensitivity to sunlight causing severe burns
  • Blood sugar imbalance
  • Heart rhythm irregularities
  • Nerve damage
  • Liver damage
  • Joint problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Skin rash
  • Intestinal infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion

Similar Drugs Which Can Cause Tendon Injury

Levaquin is not the only fluoroquinolone which can cause tendon rupture. All of the drugs in this class come with that risk. Other fluoroquinolones include:

  • Avelox
  • Cipro
  • Factive
  • Floxin
  • Maxaquin
  • Noroxin
  • Penetrex
  • Tequin
  • Trovan

If you or a loved one has suffered tendon or ligament injury while taking Levaquin, please find a local Levaquin injury attorney today, and schedule a consultation to learn more about your case and possible compensation.