Levaquin, used to treat bacterial infections, has been termed a Thorn in the Achilles Heel because of signature side effects that are unlikely to be caused by other sources. Yet, the damage that can be created by Levaquin side effects is far greater than a thorn in the Achilles Heel. The side effects from Levaquin include:
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Tongue and Facial Swelling
- Difficulty Breathing
- Chest Pain
- Vision Loss
- Skin Blistering
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Bicep Injuries
- Hand Injuries
Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, Levaquin was approved by the FDA in 1997. Dating back to 2006, Public Citizen, an advocacy organization, claimed that a warning should be sent to the public because of the high number of reports of tendon injuries in users of the drug. Tendon injuries can be particularly disabling, painful and may require multiple surgeries (in the case of a tendon rupture). It was not until 2008 that a black box warning was placed on the packaging of Levaquin. An Achilles tendon rupture is a rare condition for the average citizen. The condition is most often seen in professional athletes, not young or old men and women. A high number of adverse event reports continue to stack up at the FDA despite the warning label.
Levaquin is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. There are other countries that have banned the use of fluoroquinolones. However, Levaquin remains on the U.S. market. Levaquin is particularly problematic because there are other antibiotics available that do not have similar side effects.
Mr. Burton Padove is privileged to represent people that have suffered because of Levaquin side effects. You have Mr. Padove's commitment to defend your legal rights for the injuries you sustain because of Levaquin.
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