Levaquin

What Is Levaquin?

Levofloxacin injection is used to treat infections such as pneumonia; chronic bronchitis; and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland) and skin infections.

Side Effects Of Levaquin

Liver damage (hepatotoxicity) can occur in people who take Levaquin. We suggest that you talk to your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Itching
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Light-colored bowel movements
  • Dark-colored urine or yellowing of skin or the whites of eyes

Effects on the central nervous system. Some people taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics including Levaquin report having seizures. Inform your provider immediately if you experience seizures or any of these symptoms:

  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Anxious or nervous feelings
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts or acts
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping/insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Lightheadedness

Patients also report numerous allergic reactions:

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face
  • Hives and skin rash
  • Throat tightness, hoarseness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Faintness

Intestine infection (pseudomembranous colitis) has also been reported in some cases.

Sensation/nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) changes:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Serious changes to heart rhythms (QT prolongation and torsades de pointes)

Levaquin can cause a rare heart problem called prolongation of the QT interval. This condition can cause an abnormal heartbeat and can be dangerous.

People who take Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone medicines with oral antidiabetes medicines or with insulin can get low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Follow your health care provider's instructions for how often to check your blood sugar. If you have diabetes and you get low blood sugar while taking Levaquin®, stop taking Levaquin® and call your health care provider right away. Your antibiotic medicine may need to be changed.

  • Sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity)
  • Joint problems. Children have an increased chance of problems in joints and the tissues around joints.
  • Low blood pressure
  • False-positive urine screening results for opiates

FDA's Role in Levaquin

Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) – October 2008 and October 2011:

Press Release ∙ Warnings And Precautions

Central Nervous System Effects/Disorders ∙ Pseudotumor cerebri added

July 8, 2008 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified manufacturers of fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drugs that a Boxed Warning in the product labeling concerning the increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is necessary. Through its new authority under the FDA Amendments Act of 2007, the agency also determined that it is necessary for manufacturers of the drugs to provide a medication guide to patients about possible side effects. Read More

Contact Our Los Angeles Area Law Office

Filing a personal injury claim is the best way for people to be compensated for damages. The attorneys at Vititoe Law Group have years of experience in dealing with the largest pharmaceutical companies.

If a loved one has suffered death, or if you yourself have suffered from taking Levaquin, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. It is also your duty as a consumer to hold negligent companies responsible for the damage they cause.

If you believe you have been injured by taking Levaquin, call us today, for a no-charge consultation.

For more information, call Vititoe Law Group at 818-851-1886.

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