Levaquin, manufactured by Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., is an antibiotic intended to treat bacterial infection in adults. Among the bacterial infections treatable by Levaquin are bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia, gonorrhea, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and prostate infections. Unfortunately, Levaquin has been associated with serious side effects including tendon ruptures and toxic epidermal necrolysis. If you have experienced these or any other Levaquin side effect, you may be entitled to file a Levaquin lawsuit for financial compensation.

Levaquin Lawsuit and Tendon Ruptures

Recent Levaquin lawsuits have been brought by individuals who have suffered tendon ruptures during or soon after using Levaquin. Damages alleged in this type of Levaquin lawsuit include pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of income. Generally, ruptures occur towards the end of a 7-14 day cycle of Levaquin treatment, but can also occur after treatment has been completed. The tendons most at risk to rupture are :

  • Achilles’ tendon;
  • Shoulder rotator cuff; and
  • Tendons supporting the knee and quadriceps.

When a tendon ruptures, surgery and months of physical rehabilitation may be required.

Levaquin Lawsuit and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

A dangerous, life-threatening side effect of Levaquin is the appearance of toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyle’s Syndrome). Normally, symptoms of toxic epidermal necrolysis, which severely affects mucous membranes including the mouth and eyes, appear 1-3 weeks after taking Levaquin. Often, a 1-2 week fever will affect the patient before more serious symptoms, including rashes which evolve into skin lesions and eventually blisters, develop. If you are experiencing these symptoms, discontinue Levaquin immediately.  These injuries may serve as the basis of a Levaquin lawsuit.

Filing a Levaquin Lawsuit

If you or a loved one is experiencing any Levaquin side effects, including tendon ruptures or toxic epidermal necrolysis, you may be entitled to file a Levaquin lawsuit. Please contact us for a free case evaluation as you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by