Levaquin Shoulder Weakness & Pain
Patients who begin to develop shoulder pain or weakness while or after taking Levaquin may have developed a serious tendon injury within their shoulder. Levaquin (generically levofloxacin) and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been reported to cause a range of severe side effects, including shoulder tendon damage, acute pancreatitis and fatal hypoglycemia.
To reduce the risk of develop serious shoulder damage and other severe Levaquin side effects, it's crucial that patients:
- Discuss their complete medical history with their doctor before taking Levaquin
- Take the time to know the types and symptoms of side effects associated with Levaquin
- Take Levaquin only as instructed
Produced by PriCara (a subsidiary of Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals), Levaquin comes in the form of a pill or an oral solution that is typically taken once daily, 2 hours before eating (as well as 2 hours before or after taking multivitamins with zinc, iron and/or antacids with aluminum or magnesium). Levaquin is only prescribed in the treatment of serious bacterial infections, such as:
- Anthrax exposure
- Ear infections
- Sinus infections
- Skin infections
- Strep throat
- Urinary tract infections
Levaquin is not available over-the-counter. It has been FDA approved since 1996.
Levaquin Shoulder Damage & Associated Symptoms
The specific types of shoulder damage Levaquin has been reported to cause are tendonitis in the shoulder and spontaneous tendon rupture in the shoulder. As a less serious condition, shoulder tendonitis is marked by a dull ache, inability to move and increased weakness in the shoulder. Without treatment, shoulder tendonitis can result in spontaneous rupture of the shoulder's tendon(s).
When spontaneous tendon rupture (STR) occurs in the shoulder, patients will experience the following within the shoulder joint:
- An audible, painful pop
- An inability to raise the arm out to the side
- Immediate bruising
- Severe pain
- Significant weakness
If a STR in the shoulder is left untreated, it can result in permanent disabilities, including the inability to carry objects or move the limb.
Injured Levaquin patients, once their health is stable, should speak with a highly trained defective drug attorney to find out if they are entitled compensation for their injuries and losses. In cases of severe shoulder damage and weakness, patients will likely be entitled to compensation for their physical complications, economic losses and emotional suffering. To discuss the details of your potential case, contact a Levaquin attorney today.
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