Levaquin Can Destroy Your Achilles Tendon
There are currently over 300 consumer lawsuits pending before the federal court, and well over 100 lawsuits pending in state courts, involving the drug Levaquin. Consumers now taking the drug Levofloxacin, sold under the brand name Levaquin, should be aware of certain Levaquin side effects common to the drug.
The most serious side effects can take the form of tendon ruptures (primarily the Achilles tendon) and irreversible peripheral neuropathy. These adverse reactions to Levaquin may be long lasting and can even result in lifelong disabilities.
Adverse Reactions To Levofloxacin Seen Within Seven Days
In July 2008, the Food and Drug Administration began requiring a black box warning explaining the increased risk of tendinitis and tendon ruptures for Levaquin. Levofloxacin (Levaquin) is a fluoroquinolone drug which is a family of synthetic broad spectrum antibiotics.
Approximately 2 to 6 percent of all Achilles tendon ruptures occurring in people over the age of 60 can be attributed to the use of fluoroquinolones.
Many times the symptoms of an adverse reaction to Levaquin will occur within 3 days to one week of the beginning of treatment. The Achilles tendon ruptures are usually preceded by tendinitis and a swelling in the area of the Achilles tendon.
A Sampling Of Levaquin Cases
The following are seven examples of the cases filed against defendants Johnson & Johnson, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development LLC now pending in federal court.
- William Voss is 73 years old and a few days after taking the drug Levaquin, he suffered a bilateral Achilles tendon rupture.
- Sharon Johnson was 55 when she first used Levofloxacin. Ms. Johnson also suffered a bilateral Achilles tendon rupture after taking Levaquin for just 2 days.
- Harold Wampler, who was in the hospital receiving treatment of Levaquin for an exacerbation of Bronchitis, developed bilateral Achilles tendinitis while still bedridden.
- Burton Griner, 89, after taking Levaquin for one week suffered a bilateral tendon rupture.
- Richard Kirkes, a 79 year old resident of Minnesota was receiving treatment for a very bad cold with the antibiotic Levaquin when he suffered bilateral Achilles tendinitis. This has lead to years of therapy for an injury that does not go away, this is a permanent injury.
- William Laufenberg, at the age of 74 was prescribed Levaquin for a chest cold, he suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in just one leg.
- Billie Johnson, did not fall into the elderly category because she was just 31 years old when she first took Levaquin. She quickly developed bilateral Achilles tendinitis.
Contact Personal Injury Lawyer
These cases are typical of the reactions that occur to patients taking Levofloxacin. If you are currently taking the drug Levaquin and are experiencing pain, inflammation, or swelling in the Achilles tendon area, or tenderness in any tendon, you must seek immediate attention from your physician. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that you believe to be due to the medication, Levaquin, please contact a personal injury lawyer today at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.