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Levaquin Side Effects: Tendon Damage and Ruptures

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are no longer accepting new cases Levaquin tendon damage. The information on this page is provided for information purposes only.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer reviewing potential Levaquin lawsuits on behalf of users of the antibiotic who have suffered sudden tendon problems which may be related to the drug’s side effects.

Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson which manufactures the antibiotic, has failed to provide adequate warnings about Levaquin side effects, including an increased risk of:

  • Tendon Rupture
  • Tendon Damage
  • Tendonitis

If additional information had been provided earlier to doctors and patients, many individuals may have been able to prevent a tendon rupture or permanent damage by seeking medical treatment at the first sign of pain or inflammation.


Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic which is prescribed to prevent bacteria from rapidly reproducing, causing infection.  It is part of a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones.  Although many of the reported cases of tendon ruptures have been associated with the use of Levaquin, the side effects have also been seen with the use of other antibiotics which are part of this class, including Cipro.

>>INFORMATION:  Cipro Tendon Rupture Lawsuits

A tendon rupture is a painful and debilitating injury which can require surgery and substantial recovery time.  The most common tendon ruptures caused by Levaquin involve the:

  • Achilles Tendon
  • Shoulder
  • Hand

The FDA has received reports of hundreds of individuals who experienced a tendon rupture after using Levaquin, Cipro or one of the other fluoroquinolones. As a result of the inadequate warnings currently provided, the consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, filed a lawsuit in January 2008 as a result of the FDA’s failure to act on a petition they filed in 2006, calling for more detailed information about the risk of Levaquin tendon ruptures to be added to the warning label.

In July 2008, the FDA announced that they will require the makers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics to place a prominent “Black Box” warning about the risk of tendon ruptures and tendonitis. They are also requiring a Medication Guide to be given to users when the prescription is filled. This requires the manufacturers to adequately describe the risk and urges users to contact their doctor if they develop signs of a tendon rupture, such as pain, swelling or inflammation.


Potential individual lawsuits and Levaquin class action suits are being reviewed throughout the United States.  The Levaquin lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer representing individuals who suffered a tendon rupture or severe tendon damage which could be caused by the antibiotic.

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