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Levaquin injures people, badly!

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Initial post: Feb 18, 2012 8:59:58 AM PST
Certain Adverse Events
In 2008, Washington consumer watchdog group, Public Citizen, sued the FDA to force stronger warnings on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics. The documentary, Certain Adverse Events, discusses the reasons for the successful lawsuit against the FDA, which forced manufacturers of Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox to post a Black Box warning to their antibiotics. Patients injured by Levaquin, speak out about the years of debilitating side effects from a handful of pills.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 4:17:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2012 4:18:26 PM PST
Syntax2002 says:
This is true. I took Levaquin in April 2011 and my whole entire leg has weakened to the point that I overpronate, knee pain, other muscular pain. I highly recommend you don't take this antibiotic unless there are no other options left. Doctors hand this med. out like candy, b/c it is effective but it's also very dangerous. A small percentage of people will likely become disabled after taking the medicine. That is based on the readings I've done on Quinolones and all the discussions all over the internet.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 3:12:04 PM PST
docman says:
Levaquin is a good drug, but as you said it has been much mis-used. one of the previous quinolones had a rare side effect of causing tendon ruptures, wonder if you have the same too??.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 3:02:26 PM PST
My son had acute myeloid leukemia and took Levaquin long term. He now has contractures; Could this be from taking Levaquin?

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 12:06:40 PM PST
GarionOrb says:
My boyfriend was prescribed Levaquin to treat a particularly bad case of bacterial food poisoning. He got 10 days worth, and had no issues. A few months later another doctor wanted to prescribe Levaquin, but told my boyfriend he couldn't workout or lift anything heavy during the course of treatment. Evidently, the drug can cause tendon rupture.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 7:09:20 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 3:04:44 PM PST
That's amazing your boyfriend's doctor warned him about the risks. Many doctors do not take the side effect warnings seriously. There was an important 2011 study by 3 doctors about the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in the athletic population. The analysis was such that they recommended that fluoroquinolone antibiotics should NOT be given to athletes, unless no other alternative is available. So many are injured when taking Levaquin. IT'S LUCKY THAT YOUR BOYFRIEND ESCAPED INJURY!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 3:14:27 PM PST
Levaquin can cause long term, debilitating injuries. Every individual is different in how their body will react to a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, which Levaquin is. There is a very helpful Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Facebook page that has hundreds of people who share their injuries and disabilities from taking Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones, like Cipro and Avelox. You may find answers from many of those people.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 3:22:42 PM PST
Diane P. says:
You can go directly to the FDA website and report all of these findings so they are aware of them. If you don't let them know they cannot do anything about it. It is worth reporting them as they would have records and statistics to document such injuries and problems. Good luck to all of you. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 3:25:12 PM PST
Certain Adverse Events
Levaquin is an incredibly dangerous drug and should be reserved for life saving measures when all else fails. Too many people can suffer long term debilitating injuries from as few as a handful of pills. No one should have their lives, livelihoods, derailed by an antibiotic. Levaquin is a very flawed drug, and adverse reactions like cartilage tears and tendon ruptures are not all that rare. That's why some 2500 Levaquin lawsuits are pending in the U.S. today. Many, many thousands more are hurt each year. And those lawsuits are only for people who had actual tendon rupture. Others report problems like mental changes.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 3:31:09 PM PST
One of the most important things anyone can do if they are injured by a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, like Levaquin, is report the injury to the FDA. In Certain Adverse Events, the documentary about fluoroquinolone antibiotics, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, says that in the last few years more and more of the reports coming into the FDA about adverse events are coming from patients.

Certain Adverse Events

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 4:03:13 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 8, 2012 5:01:44 PM PST
People of all ages can be injured by Levaquin. A friend recently told me her relative in his early 80's was given Levaquin and after 5 pills had two full on, complete Achilles Tendon ruptures. This man enjoyed walking every day with his wife, and is now coping with a wheelchair. Horrible and, sadly, very preventable. Doctors claim this is so rare, but the doctors prescribing for sinus infections or bronchitis, never have to deal with the aftermath when someone is injured by their prescribing habits. They just wash their hands of that injured patient.

Certain Adverse Events

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 7:25:30 PM PST
G. Spooner says:
Two years ago (Feb 2010) I took a quinolone antibiotic and after only one week on it I developed severe tendinitis in both my legs and shoulders (rotator cuffs). Within a two weeks I also had peripheral neuropathy. Both of these side effects are well-established with this family of antibiotics. Before taking the drug I was very healthy and, as has been mentioned above, athletic. Today none of my symptoms have improved, and I've had to leave my career of over 20 years and go on to disability. These drugs can cripple you and leave you in chronic pain for the rest of your life. Think about that before you take them, and take them only if they're absolutely necessary (you have a severe infection that is not responding to safer antibiotics). Don't destroy your body, career and pain-free life like I did.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 7:47:54 PM PST
Ocean Lover says:
I also was very severely damaged by Levaquin- Oct. 2008---lost my job and now unable to walk, sleep, have severe brain fog, vision and 2 heart problems, severe tendonitis in achellis tendon----very severe muscle/bone pain thru body----total body weakness----totally depressed!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 9:01:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 8, 2012 9:02:00 PM PST
So sorry to learn of your injuries, Ocean Lover. Severe injuries from what everyone thinks is a simple antibiotic. Truly awful. Thanks for adding your comments to this forum. People hurt by Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones want to warn others about needless, preventable injuries.

Posted on May 22, 2012 12:33:03 PM PDT
bc says:
I too experienced tendon problems....bilateral rotator cuff problems...I have to work with my arms straight out in front of me and i suffered for several years trying to rehab myself. It is now 6 years later and I still have some problems. If you read the FDA approval info (available on cd rom) you will wonder how this drug ever got approved. I sometimes use this drug for patients of mine in the form of eyedrops but i have strong misgivings about it and I don't seem to find clinical or experimental data to back up my convictions that this drug is super dangerous and should be used only occasionally. FDA needs to hear about these experiences with flouroquinolones.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 6:14:52 PM PDT
nursee77 says:
no, contractures are caused by stiffening of the joint and muscle... your son should have been on PT/OT to prevent this

Posted on May 24, 2012 9:10:51 PM PDT
Wow, thought it was just me. I had severe groin & shoulder muscle/tendon injuries while taking Levaquin that have been disabling & extremely painful for over 20 years now. Pretty much destroyed my life. What a horrible medicine. It should immediately be removed from market so no one else has to live with the hell many of us have endured for so long.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 5:35:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 5:40:07 PM PDT
P. W. Harton says:
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Contractures did occur when I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Myopathy which was created by metal allergies which led to metal toxicity. The core issue was the types of metals in my knee and hip which were Cobalt-Nickel-Chromium, not the type of devices. Once the types of metals were revised to Titanium, my health began to rebound. However, Levaquin was recently prescribed and my strength that I had acquired to rebound through years of physicial therapy now is again weakened. I just finished two weeks of Levaquin and pray I will no longer suffer from muscle weakness after the battle I have fought for five years! I thank everyone for this vital information.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 7:06:58 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 11, 2012 10:46:37 AM PDT
apriljeff says:
Levaquin worked great for me, several of my friends and even my daughter. The only side effect any of us had was a mood change. Everything pissed us off lol

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 9:29:35 PM PDT
Captain says:
A study performed by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that adverse events leading to an emergency room visit occur at a rate of 9.2 for every 10,000 fluoroquinolone prescriptions. This rate is greater than that for cephalosporins (6.1 per 10,000) and macrolides (5.1 per 10,000), but less than for sulfonamides (18.9 per 10,000), penicillins (13 per 10,000), clindamycin (18,5 per 10,000), and vancomycin (24.1 per 10,000).[5]

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 11:39:26 PM PDT
Max N says:
There are risks associated with all drugs, aspirin can cause internal bleeding, people have anaphylactic reactions to penicillin, the question is the risk reward ratio.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2012 5:21:42 PM PDT
Evan says:
Actually Max N, while there is truth to your statement, the problem is that the risk reward ratio presented by the FDA, Doctors, and Bayer, J&J, etc. is grossly inaccurate and severely understated. Because the damaging side effects can be insidious (manifesting sometimes months after the fact), many people are unaware of the true relationship linking their physical and mental ailments to the use of this drug. While I feel it should be reserved for life threatening situations by doctors to use at their discretion, it is extremely irresponsible to hand it out the way it was handed to me (as a preventative measure). For me, it has been 5 months of pain, sometimes debilitating, in addition to numerous bizarre sensations. It is damaging my prospects for a career as a profesional illustrator, as well as my passions for music, hiking, etc. I only took 3 days of the stuff and I continue to be plagued with weakness, fatigue, pain, and the accompanying depression and anger that can come with those symptoms. This dismissive attitude is keeping these drugs on the market and literally disabling people every single day. Do yourself a favor and take a look at some online communities of FQ victims and the struggles they face from Doctors who deny that it is even happening, and the damage it wreaks on their lives. I'm only 24 but it's made me feel like I'm 54.
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