Levaquin Knee Pain
Levaquin knee pain occurs when patients develop tendon damage in their knees as a result of taking Levaquin, an oral fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug. Generically known as levofloxacin, Levaquin is potent and is usually prescribed to treat a variety of serious bacterial infections, including those that affect the ears, lungs, skin, sinuses and urinary tract.
Levaquin and other fluoroquinolones have been reported to cause a number of serious side effects, including tendon damage to the body's major joints, one of which is the knee. Levaquin patients who begin to develop knee pain should seek immediate medical attention to prevent further damage to their health.
Injuries Indicated by Levaquin Knee Pain
Levaquin knee pain may indicate that a patient has developed:
- Tendonitis in the knee, which is marked by dull, achy knee pain, as well as mild knee swelling and tenderness
- Spontaneous tendon rupture in their knee, which is characterized by an audible snap, swollen knee, an inability to move or put weight on the knee, and severe knee pain
If left untreated, either of these Levaquin knee injuries can result in permanent, debilitating disability in the affected knee and leg.
Other Levaquin Side Effects
In addition to tendon damage in the knee, other severe Levaquin side effects may include:
- Acute pancreatitis
- Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (in which the immune system attacks healthy blood cells)
- Fatal hypoglycemia
- Irreversible loss of vision, double vision and/or loss of color vision
- Kidney damage
- Myasthenia gravis (a neuromuscular disease)
- Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage to the hands and/or feet)
- Rhabdomyolysis (muscle deterioration)
- Severe allergic reaction
- Severe central nervous system (CSN) disorders
- Spontaneous tendon rupture in the shoulder, hand and/or leg
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a less severe but still deadly form of TEN)
- Toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN, a separation and death of the skin cells)
Patients who develop any symptoms of the above conditions should seek emergency medical care, as some of these Levaquin side effects can be fatal without immediate medical intervention.
Lawsuits for Knee Swelling After Use of Levaquin
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious knee injury (or any other severe side effect) after taking Levaquin, it's essential that, once your health is stable, you consult with a seasoned defective drug attorney to determine if you have a legal claim. For more information about your rights, contact our Levaquin lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation. We will examine the details of your injury and fight aggressively to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
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