Risk of Tendon Ruptures Increase with the Use of Levaquin
April 23, 2010
Levaquin is associated with an increased risk of tendon rupture in all ages. Levaquin tendon ruptures can occur in the rotator cuff (the shoulder), the hand, the biceps, the fingers, and other tendon sites. About 60% of the reported tendon ruptures followed the use of Levaquin and the most frequently ruptured tendon was the Achilles tendon, which is attached to the ankle. An Achilles tendon rupture is a very painful injury and often requires surgery to reattach the tendon to its normal position. Months of rehabilitation and therapy are often necessary to regain use of the ankle, and it is not uncommon for there to be ongoing tendon problems and pain even after a repair. Additionally, tendon rupture can occur during and after completion of therapy. There have been numerous cases of tendon rupture occurring up to several months after completion of therapy. Despite a disturbing number of reports of problems, the manufacturers have failed to adequately warn about the risk of tendon damage and many users have not been made aware that they should immediately report any early signals of tendon pain.
The risk of developing a tendon rupture due to a fluoroquinolone, such as Levaquin, is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age. Patients over 60 are at increased risk for developing tendinitis, a severe tendon disorder, as well as tendon rupture when being treated with Levaquin or a similar fluoroquinolone. The risk is heightened in those patients taking corticosteroids or in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants. In addition to age and corticosteroid use, the risk of tendon rupture includes strenuous physical activity, renal failure, and previous tendon disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, tendinitis and tendon rupture have been reported in patients taking Levaquin who do not have the above risk factors.
If you or a family member have used Levaquin and have suffered a ruptured tendon, you may be entitled to compensation. Levaquin lawsuits are currently being filed across the country.
Although the author is not an attorney, this article was sponsored by the law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP and constitutes Attorney Advertising. To learn more about Levaquin tendon ruptures or Levaquin lawsuits please visit www.ConsumerInjuryLawyers.com