Levaquin

Arkansas Levaquin Attorneys

Levaquin is the trade name for a type of antibiotic called a fluoroquinolone, used to fight a number of bacteria. Safe for those with a penicillin allergy, Levaquin is prescribed for a wide range of infections, from urinary tract infections to pneumonia. The drug is also the only respiratory fluoroquinolone that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nosocomial pneumonia—the type of pneumonia acquired in a hospital.

Drug Recall AttorneysBut in 2006, a consumer advocacy group petitioned the FDA to include a “black box warning” on the labels of fluoroquinolone antibiotics so that pharmacists would warn patients about the risk of tendon rupture associated with taking this medication. It wasn’t until July of 2008 that the FDA urged medical professionals to seriously consider the benefits and risks for each patient before putting them on a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.

The patients at highest risk for a tendon injury include:

  • Those over age 60
  • Patients who have received a heart, lung or kidney transplant
  • Anyone taking corticosteroids

If you have been hurt by a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, talk to an Arkansas Levaquin attorney immediately to discuss your potential claim.

Tendon Injuries Associated with Levaquin

Tendonitis is the painful inflammation of a tendon—the fibrous cord that connects your muscle to your bone (or other structure). Your body contains many tendons, such as those in your:

  • Feet, at the heel (the Achilles tendon)
  • Knees
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Wrists
  • Thumbs
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Eyes (tendons help them move)

Levaquin and fluoroquinolone antibiotics in general have been connected to tendonitis and tendon ruptures—when a tendon has torn completely through. A ruptured tendon is typically very painful and makes it extremely difficult or impossible to move the body part affected by the severed tendon. Surgery is often required to repair a ruptured tendon.

As it stands today, the FDA’s database of adverse drug reactions includes over 250 cases of tendonitis, 260 cases of tendon ruptures, and 275 cases of other tendon disorders due to fluoroquinolone use.

If you or a loved one has suffered a tendon injury because of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, please contact our Arkansas Levaquin attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) immediately to get started on your product liability claim.