Levaquin Linked To Many Serious Side Effects
Dangerous Antibiotic Levaquin Has Received Several FDA Warnings
No one likes to take antibiotics. They can be harsh on your system, the course of treatment always seems to run a little too long – and, on top of that, they can be expensive.
Sometimes, though, antibiotics really are the best medicine. Doctors know that prescribing antibiotics can help to reduce the risk of complications after certain medical and surgical procedures.
But what do we do if an antibiotic winds up being more dangerous than the condition it’s supposed to treat? That may be the case with a powerful antibiotic known as Levaquin.
Levaquin is an unusually strong antibiotic, and it’s typically used only in cases that involve a serious risk of infection.
But Levaquin may be too strong – so strong that it can do more harm than good.
Levaquin belongs to a class of powerful antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, and it’s manufactured by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It’s used to treat respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, and other life-threatening conditions.
Doctors are only supposed to prescribe Levaquin when “first-line” antibiotics like penicillin are ineffective. But we believe that because Johnson & Johnson promotes and markets Levaquin so aggressively, many doctors have taken to prescribing Levaquin as a first line of defense.
Our research suggests that Levaquin is far too strong of an antibiotic to be used in this manner. The Centers for Disease Control agrees, reporting that more than half of Levaquin prescriptions have been issued inappropriately.
But it’s not just us and it’s not just the CDC who believe that Johnson & Johnson has pushed for the over-prescription of this powerful drug. It’s the patients who have received it, too. Here’s a partial list of the complications that patients have reported they’ve experienced as a result of taking Levaquin:
Levaquin Side Effects & Complications
Most seriously, Levaquin has been linked with a condition called peripheral neuropathy, a nervous system disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. Levaquin has been associated with several telltale symptoms of this serious nerve condition, including poor coordination, extreme touch sensitivity, muscle weakness, and even paralysis.
Levaquin use has also been connected with an increased risk of developing tendinitis. Studies have shown that Levaquin can weaken tendons so thoroughly that they can be prone to rupture. The tendons in the ankles, shoulders, and knees are most often affected, and this side effect is markedly more pronounced in patients who are over 60.
Even a single dose of Levaquin can cause hives, rashes, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing.
Central Nervous System Disorders
In addition to being linked to Peripheral Neuropathy, Levaquin has been linked with other disorders of the central nervous system. Symptoms often mentioned in connection with Levaquin include but are not limited to depression, lightheadedness, confusion, and sleep disorders.
Heart Rhythm Changes
In some patients, Levaquin seems to have caused a rare heart condition involving the prolonging of the “QT interval,” in which the rhythm of the heartbeat becomes irregular.
Levaquin has been linked with a condition called pseudomembranous colitis, in which the bowels can become inflamed. People with this condition often have bloody stool, cramps, and diarrhea.
Levaquin can cause hepatoxicity, or liver damage. Symptoms of this condition include loss of appetite, fever, and/or abdominal pain or tenderness.
That’s a long list of serious side effects.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fully aware of the problems associated with Levaquin. The agency has issued several formal warnings about this powerful drug:
• In 2008, the FDA urged that the labels of all fluoroquinolones must refer to the associated risks of tendinitis and tendon rupture.
• In 2013, the FDA warned that the packaging for all fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, must notify patients about the risk of peripheral neuropathy.
• In 2016, the FDA warned that patients who have acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and urinary tract infections run the risk of potentially permanent damage to their muscles, joints, and nervous systems if they take Levaquin.
• Also in 2016, the FDA revised its warning labels for fluoroquinolones to state that they should be reserved for use in patients who have no other treatment options.
In other words, the FDA knows very well of the potential dangers of Levaquin.
Levaquin has never been recalled
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We also believe that, if you’ve suffered from one or more of Levaquin’s serious side effects, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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