If you have been taking Levaquin and have any adverse side effects such as tendon damage or rupture, you may be entitled to join in a class action lawsuit with possible settlements to victims. we can help you find a Levaquin lawyer or attorney – contact us today as a statute of limitations may apply.
One of these classes of antibiotics is known as the fluroquinolone class, which is a group of medications used generally to treat difficult infections, most commonly those that affect the urinary tract in patients. Until this class came about these infections tended to debilitate patients for long periods of time and were quite painful.
Levofloxacin is offered in the market as the brand names Levaquin, Cravit, and Tavanic. Other brands for the ophthalmic solutions include Oftaquix, Quixin and Iquix.
One of the leading brand medications that has been introduced within this class is known as Levaquin. Levaquin was initially an extremely successful product both in terms of the revenue it produced and the percentage of success it enjoyed with patients. However, Levaquin has also recently come under fire from the FDA along with many other fluroquinolone antibiotics. Side effects of Levaquin inlclude tendon ruptures and other tendon type of injuries.
Levaquin FDA Black Box Warning:
In July of 2008, the FDA issued a decree that ordered the makers of Levaquin to implement a black box warning addition to the production of the containers of the medication. This is the strongest step the FDA can take short of a recall, and the reason for this step was emerging reports of a startling number of patients developing side effects while or after taking Levaquin.
Levaquin side effects included:
- Tendon damage and ruptures, including:
- Achilles tendon (most common)
- Rotator cuff
- Tendonitis of several joints
Hundreds of reports of patients experiencing these adverse effects reached the FDA, which prompted the step the government took. In particular, a ruptured Achilles tendon can take several months to overcome, and that’s only after an invasive and painful surgical and rehabilitative process.
Levaquin Joint Pain and Swelling
If you are taking or have taken Levaquin and are experiencing any of the following:
- Joint pain
- Tightness in any joints
- Swelling of the joints
- Lack of range of motion in joints
Seek immediate medical attention and explain that you are taking Levaquin. It could be advisable to cease its use, but you should only do so at the advice of your doctor. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of using this medication, contact a Levaquin attorney as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation, as you need to obtain an understanding of your legal rights and options.