Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 29, 2009
Levaquin (a brand-name of Levofloxacin) is a powerful antibiotic in a class known as fluroquinones, and is prescribed to treat bacterial infections, most commonly those in the sinus, skin, lungs, or urinary tract.
On July 8, 2008, the FDA requested that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of Levaquin, place a boxed warning on packaging concerning the increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture while and after taking the medication.
The FDA has determined that a large number of tendon injuries are being reported by patients who are taking, or have taken, Levaquin. At highest risk are patients over 60 year of age, those also taking corticosteroids, and in heart, kidney, and lung transplant patients.
Tendonitis and Ruptured Tendons
Tendons are the parts of the body that connect muscles to bones, and are essential for proper movement and mobility. Tendonitis (also called tendinitis) refers to the inflammation of a tendon, and is a term used to refer to more-severe injuries to the tendon. Tendonitis can occur in many parts of the body and is extremely painful. Achilles tendinitis of the heel and patellar tendinitis of the knee are common examples.
A ruptured tendon refers to a snapped or torn tendon, which can cause excruciating pain and may result in a permanent disability. Depending on the degree and type of injury, ruptured tendons may be treated with surgery or through immobilization, such as with a cast. Common symptoms of tendonitis or a ruptured tendon may include: Bruising after injury to a tendon area, pain or swelling in a tendon area, a snap or pop in a tendon area, or inability to move the affected area or bear weight.
If you or a loved one have been prescribed Levaquin and experienced any of these symptoms, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.
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The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving Levaquin's possible role in tendonitis and tendon rupture. Someone who has been seriously injured after taking Levaquin should consult with a legal professional immediately - Contact Eric Gruenwald, Lawyer, at (866) 529-0001, Ext. 245. The Mulligan Firm has experienced lawyers ready to help.
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Do not discontinue taking any medication, including Levaquin, without first consulting with a physician.