Fluoroquinolones such as Levaquin and Cipro are in a class of antibiotics that are used to treat and prevent certain bacterial infections. These drugs have been linked to serious adverse side effects, prompting a consumer group to file a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agency.
FDA Requires Updates to Warning Labels
In August of 2006, consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to add black box advisories to fluoroquinolone drugs, warning patients about the potential risk of tendon injuries associated with use of the drugs. In July of 2008, the FDA announced that it would require the manufacturers of fluoroquinolones to update the warning labels on these products, and to provide patient and physician medication guides that explain the drugs' possible side effects.
Fluoroquinolone Dangerous Side Effects
According to the FDA, fluoroquinolone drugs are associated with an increased risk of tendon injuries. The FDA reports:
- At least 259 cases of tendonitis
- At least 262 cases of tendon rupture
- At least 274 cases of other tendon injuries
Most tendon ruptures involved the Achilles tendon, but can also affect tendons in the shoulder, hand, biceps, and thumbs.
The risk of tendon injuries is increased in patients over the age of 60, in heart, kidney, and lung transplant recipients, and in those using concomitant steroid therapy.
Symptoms of Tendonitis and Tendon Rupture
The following symptoms are associated with tendon rupture:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Difficulty walking
Those affected by tendonitis may experience the following symptoms near a joint:
- Mild swelling
If you experience any of the above symptoms after use of fluoroquinolone drugs such as Cipro or Levaquin, consult your physician as soon as possible.
Consult a Levaquin or Cipro Lawyer
If you or a loved one is suffering from a tendon injury following use of Cipro, Levaquin, or another fluoroquinolone drug, consult an attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A Cipro or Levaquin lawyer can review your claim and determine if you have a viable case.