Levaquin, an antibiotic used to treat various types of bacterial infections, has been linked to several adverse side effects. Although it is hard to predict which Levaquin patients will experience side effects, doctors say that the likelihood of side effects increases the longer Levaquin is taken. According to studies, Levaquin side effects may range from mild to life-threatening, and the vast majority of Levaquin side effects relate to metabolic-nutritional problems and the central nervous system. Some of the less-serious side effects that Levaquin may cause include:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • blurred vision
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • joint stiffness or muscle pain
  • increased skin sensitivity to sunlight
  • mild skin itching
  • restlessness or anxiousness

Serious Levaquin Side Effects

Levaquin has been linked to various serious side effects, some of which may be life threatening. For example, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), a potentially fatal skin condition, is a possible side effect of Levaquin. Another serious side effect of Levaquin is tendon rupture, an extremely painful side effect that requires surgery and months of rehabilitation. Other serious Levaquin side effects may include:

  • seizure (black-out or convulsions)
  • confusion or hallucinations
  • depression
  • sudden pain or swelling near your joints (especially in your arm or ankle)
  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody
  • urinating more or less than usual
  • numbness, tingling, or unusual pain anywhere in your body
  • chest pain, pounding or fast heartbeats

People at Greatest Risk for Levaquin Side Effects

Studies show that about 9% of Levaquin patients experience side effects. Those at greatest risk of suffering Levaquin side effects include:

  • runners, weight-lifters, or any athletes or workers who put a lot of pressure and strain on their joints;
  • tea and coffee drinkers
  • small children
  • expectant mothers
  • the elderly or anyone with a weak immune system
  • heavy alcohol drinkers or those with a history of liver problems
  • diabetics

Levaquin Side Effects Lawyers

If you or a loved one took Levaquin and experienced serious Levaquin side effects, such as TEN or Levaquin tendon rupture, contact us today to discuss your legal rights and options with our experienced Levaquin lawyers.

Published November 17, 2011 by