Levaquin, also known generically as levofloxacin, is a type of antibiotic that is used to limit infections by preventing bacteria from being able to reproduce rapidly.  The medication belongs to a class of antibiotics referred to as fluoroquinolones. 

While this medication was intended to help a broad range of patients, there have been a high number of side effects reported from users of Levaquin, which have included cases of tendon ruptures.

Tendon ruptures are a type of injury that is painful and debilitating.  These injuries often require surgery to repair and come with a lengthy recovery time.  Levaquin is responsible for a number of different types of ruptures including those of the shoulder, hand, and Achilles tendon.

To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received hundreds of reports from patients who experienced a type of tendon rupture after using Levaquin or another similar drug in the fluoroquinolones family.  Because the manufacturer failed to provide appropriate warnings about the risks associated with this medication, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in January of 2008.  This was done as a follow up to the petition the group filed in 2006 that the FDA did not act upon.  The petition requested more detailed information to be supplied about the risks Levaquin poses, including the risk for tendon ruptures, and that this information be added in the form of a warning label.

By July of 2008, the FDA ruled that the manufacturer of all fluoroquinolones place “Black Box” warnings on their products so that the risk of side effects including tendonitis and tendon ruptures is clearly stated.  The FDA also required a guide to be given to all patients at the time the prescription is filled.  This guide is to outline the precise risks to all users, and informs them that they should immediately seek medical attention should the signs of a tendon rupture, pain, inflammation, or swelling develop.

Because of the manufacturer’s failure to act, and the severity of the injuries that correspond to this medication, there have been a high number of private and class action lawsuits filed to date.  These cases are quite serious, as proper information should have and could have been provided from the start, which would have prevented much of the needless pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has taken Levaquin and suffered from tendon injury, please call us immediately for a free case evaluation at 800-876-2303.