Levofloxacin, generally marketed under the brand name of Levaquin belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It has severe side effects such as tendon rupture or swelling of the tendon. Its side effects might get serious enough to cause even death. The risk increases with age and it is higher if you are over 60 years of age, taking steroids or have a kidney, heart, or lung transplant.
Patients that are given prescriptions for the fluoroquinolone class drugs have suffered extremely painful side effects. As a result several antibiotics in this particular class are under scientific and legal scrutiny.
Since all drugs have side effects but fluoroquinolones are likely to cause major health problems, even fatal ones. Of fluoroquinolones, Levaquin is notorious to cause damage to a large number of its users. Those people who have suffered harm from these drugs can approach a law firm for help.
The medication that was supposed to cure people’s one disease damages them in a more severe way. However, the severity of the damage varies considerably. Some people develop such serious health problems that they require a surgery for complete treatment while as other cases are relatively mild. Tendon rupture is one of the most severe side effects of Levaquin. Collection of fluid around tendons causes tendon rupture. Tendons, generally, are at huge risk but few tendons in some places in the body are more vulnerable than the other. Achilles tendon, biceps, thumbs, rotator cuffs (shoulders) are the tendons that can get most affected and such areas require immediate attention and medication.
However, surgery is not required to heal all the tendons but some tendons, like Achilles, take long time to heal if surgery is avoided.
If Levaquin has badly affected your health, consult your doctor. And contact an attorney immediately if the damage done is clearly due to Levaquin. Attorneys evaluate the particulars of your case to ensure proper trial and ensure that you get justice. They deal with large number of personal and class action lawsuits against the drug.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made it mandatory for the manufacturers of Levaquin or levofloxacin, Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson to include a black box warning, in 2008. It was done to inform the users about the risks of using this drug. Yet many people have suffered and the reason given is inadequate display of the warning. Since claimants maintain that they were ill-informed, so, Levaquin’s manufacturer informed physicians about the new label changes by issuing “Dear Health Care Professional” letters.
A new Levaquin side effect is myasthenia gravis. Again in February 2011, new changes were made, as per the FDA command, in the warning label of fluoroquinolone antibiotics including Levaquin. According to this new warning, people with myasthenia gravis should not take this medicine as the usage of this drug can worsen their condition of muscle weakness. Filing of new Levaquin lawsuits might or might not be prevented by FDA warnings as there are some cases coming up that are related to muscle weakness and nerve damage.