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In 2010, Levaquin was the best-selling antibiotic medication on the U.S. market. Levaquin is part of the class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which should be reserved for life-threatening infections and are instead often prescribed for common, less serious conditions. The overuse of Levaquin has had serious consequences for users.
In October 2008, the FDA added a black box warning â€“ the most serious warning given to drugs â€“ to Levaquin to warn of the risk of tendinopathy and tendon ruptures. The most common site of a rupture is the Achilles tendon, an injury that requires a complex surgical repair and physical therapy. Other areas of the body can also be affected, including the shoulder, hand, thumb and bicep.
Although the black box warning appeared in 2008, patients still may not be told by the prescribing physician about the risk of serious and painful tendon rupture.
Along with tendon rupture, Levaquin has been linked to other severe adverse events, including damage to the:
The forceful marketing of Levaquin has led to many unsuspecting victims of these side effects. If you or a loved one has experienced a tendon rupture due to Levaquin, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer can help you seek compensation for damages.
Contact us today by calling (888) WITZER-6 for a free, no-obligation consultation.