Avoid the risk of a Levaquin tendon rupture
Following several years of concern about the increased risk of tendon ruptures associated with Levaquin, the FDA announced last week that a black box warning would be added to the antibiotic and other fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drugs, such as Cipro and Floxin. Users will also now receive a Medication Guide which will provide additional information about the side effects and recommendations which may reduce the risk of a tendon rupture.
>>INFORMATION: Cipro and Levaquin Tendon Rupture Risk
At the time of the announcement, the FDA provided new information to healthcare providers about Levaquin and the selection of fluoroquinolone medications. The agency urged doctors to only prescribe the drugs for treatment or prevention of an infection which they strongly suspect is caused by bacteria. The antibiotics have only been approved for bacterial infections, and prescribing the drugs for viral infections, such as a common cold or the flu, could expose the user to an unnecessary risk.
Doctors have also been asked to counsel their patients about the specific risk of Levaquin tendon ruptures, especially involving the Achilles tendon which is at the back of the ankle. They should explain that tendon problems could develop, including pain, swelling, inflammation and tears, which could lead to debilitating injuries.
Although the side effects apply to all users, the risk of tendon problems from Levaquin and the other antibiotics is higher among users who are:
- Over 60 Years Old
- Taking Corticosteroids (Steroids)
- Kidney, Heart or Lung Transplant Recipients
To reduce the risk of a Levaquin tendon rupture, users are being asked to call their doctor if they experience any tendon damage, such as:
- Tendon pain, swelling or inflammation in the Achilles (heal), shoulder, hand, thumb or other tendons
- A snap or pop near a tendon
- Bruising that appears after a tendon injury
- Inability to move a joint or bear weight
If the medication is immediately stopped and medical attention is sought at the first signs of tendon problems, it is possible that a tendon rupture can be avoided. A tendon rupture is a serious injury that can leave an otherwise healthy individual incapacitated. Tendons are the tissue that connect bones and muscles, and extensive surgery is often required to treat a rupture. Following treatment, individuals who experience a tendon rupture often continue to experience significant disability, and could face a risk of a re-rupture.
LEVAQUIN TENDON RUPTURE LAWSUITS
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing a Levaquin lawsuit as a result of a tendon rupture. Potential cases are also being investigated for tendon ruptures associated with other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Cipro, Proquin XR, Factive, Avelox, Noroxin and Floxin.
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